Principal charged with sex abuse of minor
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo Additional Magistrate Lochani Abeywickrema, on Tuesday (19), ordered a principal of a school in Nawagamuwa area who was arrested and produced before her on charges of sexual abuse of an eight-year-old girl, to be remanded till 27 October. The NCPA appearing for the prosecution told Abeywickrema that the suspect, a 45-year-old resident of Nawagamuwa, had also functioned as a teacher of grade 3 and 4 classes at the school. The prosecution further said that at the time of the incident the victim had been eight years old. She is currently aged 11.
The NCPA told Court that after the victim had related the incident to her mother, having witnessed an advertisement concerning protection of children, the mother had lodged a complaint in this regard with the Zonal Education Office after which it had been reported to the NCPA. The NCPA added that upon the receipt of the complaint by the mother of the victim, the suspect had been interdicted from his position with immediate effect by the Zonal Education Office.