Mur­derer’s death sen­tence

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Sri Lanka’s High Court handed the death sen­tence yes­ter­day to a la­borer who was found guilty of mur­der­ing former Agence France-Presse jour­nal­ist Mel Gu­nasek­era in a break-in at her home. An­thony Ge­orge, who stabbed Gu­nasekara to death in Fe­bru­ary 2014, will have his sen­tence au­to­mat­i­cally com­muted to life in prison as Sri Lanka has an unofficial mora­to­rium on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. High Court judge Piyasena Ranas­inghe also found Ge­orge guilty of break­ing and en­ter­ing and of steal­ing Gu­nasek­era’s mo­bile phone. Dur­ing a lengthy trial, the court heard that he had mur­dered Gu­nasek­era af­ter she rec­og­nized him as a la­borer who had been hired over a month ear­lier to paint her par­ent’s house. Gu­nasek­era, 40, was an as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent at Fitch’s Sri Lankan op­er­a­tion, a po­si­tion she took up in 2012 af­ter a five-year stint as Colombo cor­re­spon­dent for AFP.

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