Galle High Court Judge Mohan Senevirathne sentenced a Buddhist monk to a two and a half year Rigorous Imprisonment together with a fine of Rs. 3,000 and compensation of Rs. 25,000 to the first witness when the monk pleaded guilty to criminal charges levelled against him in case trialed at courts.
Ven. Pasgoda Upashantha Thera of Labuduwa Wijayaramaya in the Akmeemana Police area was indicted at Galle High Court for assaulting a person and causing fatal injuries amounting to culpable homicide when the latter entered the temple premises with another person to meet a friend of him on June 27, 2013. The priest was further charged for attacking the friend of the victim also who accompanied him.
The man who received fatal injuries had been to the temple to meet another colleague. However, while he was looking for the friend he had noticed the monk watching a film with obscene scenes for which the man had accused the monk.
The annoyed monk had attacked the man and his accomplice causing fatal injuries.