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Business Journalist Mel’s murder; accused sentenced to death

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The Colombo High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe who heard the murder trial of the murder of Business Journalist Mel Gunasekera, sentenced to death the accused Anthony Joseph on being found guilty after trial.

He was also convicted of forcible entry into the victim;s house at Battaramulla and sentenced to RI for 20 years. Further Joseph was convicted of being in possession of a dangerous weapon and sentenced to twenty years RI. The prison terms will run concurrently.

Senior business journalist Mel Gunasekera was found dead with cut injuries caused by a sharp weapon at her residence in Battaramulla on February 2, 2014.

Deputy Solicitor General, Shamil Gooneratne, appeared for the Attorney General.

 

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