|Drug-addicted thief confesses
The Chief Magistrate Galle
Thursday ordered a drug addicted suspect Nirosha
Ratnayake of Wellawatta to be released on cash bail
of Rs.50,000 after he pleaded guilty to stealing a
three-wheeler and snatching a gold chain.
Magistrate Chamara Tennekoon, however, stipulated
that the suspect produce three government approved
guarantors for his bail.
Since, the suspect could not produce the bail amount
or the required three guarantors, he was further
remanded until March 10.
On the orders of the Magistrate, the recovered
stolen articles produced in court by the Police were
handed over to the owners: The trishaw (Rs.190,000)
by the OIC Galle Harbour Police Inspector of Police
Meshan de Silva and gold chain (Rs.160,000) by
crimes OIC Ratgama Police Inspector H N Kumaradasa,
in whose Police areas the articles were stolen from.
It was revealed that the suspect had come to Galle
from Wellawatta on February 15 and crept into a drug
rehabilitation centre in Unawatuna, Galle and spent
the night there. He had been up early next morning
when he noticed the trishaw parked outside the Peace
Pagoda, which he took off with after its owner went
inside the temple to pray.
Not stopping at that, he had gone into a shopping
complex at Dodanduwa on seeing a woman wearing an
expensive gold necklace going into it had snatched
the gold chain, but he was caught by the alert
He revealed all this to the court. (NS)