Court imposes death penalty in high-profile Royal Park murder case

  Published : 3:59 am  July 12, 2012  |  6,864 views  |  6 comments  |  Print This Post   |  E-mail to friend
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The Court of Appeal yesterday imposed the death penalty on the accused in the high-profile Royal Park murder case, setting aside a lighter High Court judgment.

The Court of Appeal overturned the 12-year prison term imposed by the Colombo High Court on Shermantha Jude Jayamaha in the murder of 19-year-old Yvonne Jhonssen at the luxurious Royal Park Condominiums at Rajagiriya in July 2005.
He was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced to 12 years rigorous imprisonment and a Rs. 50,000 fine.
However, the Attorney General has presented an appeal to the Court of Appeal stating that the punishment was not adequate.
A panel of judges comprising President of the Court of Appeal Ranjith Silva and Nalin Perera delivered the verdict imposing the death penalty on Jayamaha.

Police Media Spokesman Ajith Rohana says this is the first occasion of the Attorney General filing an appeal, citing the inadequacy of a verdict of the High Court.
The 19-year-old girl was brutally assaulted and killed outside her luxury apartment at Royal Park condominium by the accused who was also 19 at the time.


6 Responses to “Court imposes death penalty in high-profile Royal Park murder case”

  1. Sri Lankann on July 12th, 2012 3:37 pm

    Good one

  2. VB on July 16th, 2012 9:51 am

    Fault of parents of both sides for neglecting their young children. In vain two young lives .. Very Pathetic.

  3. Rachael on July 19th, 2012 10:42 am

    Your own actions are the cause on how you finally react. But there is always two sides to the storey.

    I think this young man deserves a chance. Why ruin two lives when you could save one.

    The death sentence is definitely not fair by him.

  4. Benjy on July 24th, 2012 3:31 pm

    Deserves another chance at killing again ? then going off and “forgetting” what he did and checking on investment properties ? then washing himself of the blood and going with his parent/s for to the girls house? and the funeral ? If all neglected children went off and killed like this we will have to start building more jails fast.

    The lying parents who are accessories to the crime should also be sentenced. They seem to be enjoying the good things in life while the poor girls parents are in a state of permanent misery..

    Wake up you stupid “do gooders”. Our children visit thesenight clubs and such places too so get the bastard off the streets for good.

  5. nan on January 10th, 2013 2:23 pm

    I agree with Rachael,Why ruin two lives when you could save one.

    The death sentence is not fair by him. He should have been sent to rehab. If at all the parents should be facing the death penalty .

  6. JJ on April 4th, 2013 4:12 pm

    Death sentence is not fair….

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