May 07, 2017

PC who shot at ‘elephant’ logo is mentally unstable Featured

The police constable who had fired at the ‘elephant’ logo at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha at Pitakotte with his service weapon on May Day is found to be mentally unstable after being addicted to drugs.

The suspect, PC Sumith Jayaweera, is attached to Mirihana police and deployed to provide protection to the home of secretary to the ministry of law and order Jagath P. Wijeweera.

Arrested and produced before Nugegoda magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne, he is being held at Welikada prison until May 15.

Police investigations reveal that he had reported to Mirihana police at 5.20 pm on May 01, and had left by motorcycle for duty at no. 48/60, Epitamulla, Nugegoda.

On the way, he had stopped in front of Sirikotha, fired twice at the ‘elephant’ logo and then went for duty at the ministry’s secretary’s house, which is under construction.

On a complaint by police on duty at the UNP headquarters, Mirihana police arrested Jayaweera at the ministry secretary’s home along with his firearm.

Addicted to drugs in Matugama

Born in Moneragala to a family of five, who too, are members of law enforcement agencies, he had joined the STF on 15 December 1995 and served in operational areas from 1996 to 2000.

Thereafter, he faced accusations of deserting his rank and other disciplinary issues and transferred for duty in the police department.

He has come to serve at Mirihana, after serving at Bulathsinhala, Mathugama and Kottawa, and investigators found evidence that while at Matugama, he got addicted to drugs, became mentally unstable and treated at Nagoda hospital.

Once, he had brought a banana tree to the police station and claimed he would contest elections on the ‘banana tree’ logo.

His wife has produced records of the treatment he has undergone.

Investigators found a copy book in which Jayaweera wrote the country’s constitution needs to be changed, and also more than 60 pictures of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The suspect has said that he had shot at the UNP logo as he was against the prevailing system.

He is due to be produced before a psychiatrist.