Death sentence handed down to six

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The Matara High Court yesterday (30) sentenced six accused to death over the murder of five individuals in the Devinuawara area of Matara in the year 2000.

The verdict and sentence was delivered by Matara High Court Judge Thamara Thennakoon after 22 years. A total of 15 individuals were arrested in connection with the incident and five were previously acquitted while four died during the trial. The six individuals, who were sentenced to death, are to file an appeal against the sentence. Five individuals who were the accused in a homicide case and were travelling to Court were shot dead in Devinuwara in 2000.