Atulugama child murder suspects detained

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The Court granted permission to detain and interrogate the main suspects in the murder of a nine-year-old girl from Atulugama, Bandaragama, for two days.

Two suspects, including a 29-year-old, who is said to be a resident of the same area, were arrested yesterday (30).

Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of Panadura Base Hospital said, the remains of Fathima Ayesha, who was murdered in Atulugama on 28 May,  were sent to the Government Analyst’s Department for further investigations in order to find out whether she had been raped or not.

Speaking to Ceylon Today after the post-mortem, the JMO said that they have not found any evidence to prove that she had been raped.

When contacted, Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Talduwa, said they have recorded statements from over 50 people and two suspects have already been arrested. He also said, one suspect, a drug addict, has been identified as the prime suspect and he had faced lengthy interrogations at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (30).

The Investigations will be continued further amidst the observation of National Child Protection Authority (NCPA).

Four Police teams were deployed immediately in search of the nine-year-old girl who had gone missing in Atulugama, Bandaragama on 27 May. The child’s body was found on Saturday (28), in a marshland located close to her home.

Fathima had visited a shop near her home at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (27), to buy food and never returned.

By Sahan Tennekoon