Royal Park killing: AG seeks stiffer sentence
The Attorney General is considering an appeal
on the basis that the trial judge in the Royal Park murder case
had misdirected himself on the law applicable to the offence of
murder, Solicitor General C.R. de Silva confirmed yesterday.
|Shramantha being led out after the verdict
was delivered. Pic by Gemunu Wellage
Jude Shramantha Jayamaha, was found guilty of culpable
homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced to 12 years rigorous
imprisonment by the Colombo High Court on Friday for the murder
of Yvonne Jonsson, a 19-year-old friend of his last year.
Mr. de Silva, P.C. said the Attorney General said
the ‘facts were such that there should have been a conviction
for murder. There is no halfway house. The judge has totally misdirected
himself on the law’.
Delivering the judgment, High Court judge I.M.
Abeyratne stated the punishment, which included a fine of Rs. 300,000,
was mitigated considering that the accused was only twenty years
old, and had already been in remand for over one year.
The Attorney General had indicted the accused
under Section 296 of the Criminal Procedure Code on charges of committing
the murder of 19-year-old Yvonne Jonsson at the Royal Park condominium
on July 1 last year. Following the guilty verdict, and before the
sentence was passed, prosecution counsel Deputy Solicitor General
Jayantha Jayasuriya reinforced his argument of the serious nature
of the crime, drawing attention to the fact that according to the
Judicial Medical Officer, Yvonne, a young fashion design student
who had come to Sri Lanka for her summer vacation from the US, had
not only received several blows and had her head smashed against
the staircase at least twice, but she had also been strangled.
Senior Defence Counsel Daya Perera, PC told The
Sunday Times that his clients have two weeks to appeal against the
judgement and that no decision has yet been taken on the matter.