Brian Thomas Remanded in Rs 143M Fraud Case
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo Additional Magistrate Bandara Nelumdeniya yesterday remanded, till 18 February, veteran Sri Lanka cricket commentator, Brian Thomas, who is charged with defrauding a sum of Rs 143 million.
The CID told the Additional Magistrate they had commenced a probe into the case on a complaint lodged by Dinesh Schaffter on 20 March 2019.
They informed Court that in the complaint it had been mentioned the suspect, while acting as an intermediary, had requested the said sum from the plaintiff with the aim of investing it in a popular readymade apparel company.
The CID told Court that from the inquiries conducted into the complaint it had come to light the apparel company had not been aware of the intention of the suspect.
They then stated that after having summoned the suspect to the CID they had proceeded to record a statement from him and had then arrested and produced him in Court yesterday.
The prosecution was represented by Attorney-at-Law Asoka Weerasuriya and he told Court the company in question had been engaged in investing in certain projects.
He stated, the plaintiff had become involved in the incident as the suspect had posed as an intermediary involved in importing clothes for the noted readymade apparel company.
The lawyer told the Magistrate the suspect had cheated the plaintiff in a sum exceeding Rs 100 million.
Weerasuriya further told Court the suspect had fraud charges against him levelled by a group of players back in 1996, which had accused him of obtaining cash under false pretences.
He added the suspect had also, at various times, defrauded another 15 people and observed that a different case is yet pending in another Court while stressing that the suspect has possessed two NICs as well. The CID then informed that further inquires against the suspect were yet proceeding and urged Court to issue an order to remand the suspect as per provisions contained in Section 14 of the Bail Act.
The lawyer appearing for the suspect stated his client has to date supported the probe into the case and mentioned that the suspect has no intention of absconding the Court.
He then urged the Magistrate to enlarge the suspect on any suitable bail condition considering his age and the threat posed to the society due to the COVId-19 impact. Taking the submissions into consideration the Court ordered the suspect to be remanded till the aforesaid date.