Nov 10, 2019

Sri Lanka President grants pardon to Royal Park murder convict on death row Featured

Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha, who was sentenced to death over the Royal Park murder case in 2005, an incident that gained much media attention at the time.
The Commissioner General of Prisons T.M.J.W.Thennakoon said the Prisons Department yesterday (09) received the document signed by the President to grant Presidential pardon to the convicted.

Shramantha Jayamaha was convicted of murdering 19-year-old Swedish national, Yvonne Jonsson on July 1, 2005, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Colombo High Court.

In 2012, the Appeals Court overturned the sentence on Shramantha Jayamaha from 12 years to a death sentence.In October 2013, the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence given by the Appeals Court to Shramantha Jayamaha.

Yvonne Jonsson was residing at her apartment on the 23rd floor of the Royal Park complex in Rajagiriya while her body was found on the 19th floor.

"Would consider granting presidential pardon"

Recently President Maithripala Sirisena said he would consider granting presidential pardon to Mr Jayamaha since he had served his term on good behavior while completing his doctorate in prison. "He went to prison at the age of 19 over an incident of impatience," the President said announcing his intention on the pardon request.