Seya murder: DNA samples match; next hearing, Oct. 19

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By Pushpakumara Mallawarachchi  and Tony Karunanayake
The Minuwangoda Chief Magistrate yesterday stated that the DNA of suspect Saman Jayalath, the brother of the other suspect Dunesh Priyashantha alias Kondaya, matched with the samples collected from the body of five year old Seya Sadewmi, who was sexually assaulted and murdered recently.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Chief Magistrate D.A. Ruwan Pathirana announced this after the submission of the complete report provided by GeneTech Institute was handed over in open court by the CID Chief Inspector Ravindra Wimalasiri. The said report had indicated that the foreign DNA samples found on the body of the murdered Sadewmi matched with the DNA samples of the suspect Saman Jayalath.

Inspector Ravindra Wimalasiri elaborated at length the various steps taken with regard to this matter, ending with the obtaining of blood samples of the father of the deceased child as well.

The Magistrate also ordered that a certified copy of this report be made available to the CID at no cost.

The girl child was abducted on September 11 and her body was recovered from the banks of a canal nearby on September 13. Police investigations revealed that the child had been sexually abused and strangled to death.

The body of the child was found two days after her murder, and on suspicion a father of one child and a 17-year-old student, who were residing in the same village, were taken into custody.

This was followed with the arrest of Dunesh Priyashantha alias Kondaya, while he was hiding inside a thicket in Bemmulla.

The DNA tests on all suspects were done, which proved to be negative.

Then on October 3 Priyashantha’s brother Saman Jayalath was taken into custody by the CID and when produced before the Magistrate’s Court, he volunteered for a confession before the Magistrate and after which he was remanded and DNA samples were taken from his body and sent to the GeneTec Institute for investigations.

With the reports now in the custody of court, the next hearing is fixed for October 19.