Cases against Malaka and Scotsman fixed for Oct. 24

A case involving an incident where Malaka Silva, son of former Minister Mervyn Silva, had allegedly assaulted a Scottish couple at a nightclub in Colombo was yesterday fixed for October 24 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) conducting investigations into the incident had informed Court that they have sought Attorney General’s advice regarding two counter cases. At a previous occasion, the Court decided to name Scotsman James Francis Casserly as a suspect in a case where he had allegedly punched Malaka Silva in the face during the scuffle at a nightclub in Colombo 3, in 2014.

When the cases came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate J. Trotsky, the magisterial inquiry into two counter cases were fixed for October 24.

Seven suspects including Malaka Silva were arrested over an alleged assault on a Scottish couple at a nightclub in Duplication Road, Colombo 3 on October 31, 2014. Police complaints were subsequently lodged by both parties claiming they had been assaulted.

As a part of the investigation regarding the Scotsman’s complaint, police had arrested and produced in court seven suspects including Malaka Silva. They are currently out on bail. The lawyers appeared on behalf of Malaka Silva alleged that police had failed to take legal action regarding their complaint that Malaka Silva was severely assaulted by Scotsman and even had a scratch on Malaka’s nose.

Taking into consideration the evidence placed before Court, the Additional Magistrate decided to name James Francis Casserly as a suspect. Jayantha Weerasinghe PC with Counsel Asela Rekawa, Maithri Gunaratne appeared for Malaka and other suspects. Counsel Avendra Rodrigo appeared for the Scotsman.


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