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Allegations against Danushka Gunathilaka revealed!

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Police allegations against cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka, who is accused of choking and sexually assaulting a woman he met on Tinder, can be revealed after the media won a fight in court as police attempted to suppress details of the case, News.Com.Australia reported.

On Wednesday Dauid Sibtain SC represented News Corp, ABC, the Sydney Morning Herald and Channel 9 in a successful bid to challenge the suppression orders.

Police earlier argued that details of the case should be suppressed to protect the safety of the complainant, and prevent her undue distress and embarrassment.

Magistrate Robert Williams permitted access to the police fact sheet, which prosecutors relied upon in successfully opposing Mr Gunathilaka’s bail on Monday.

According to the fact sheet, Mr Gunathilaka matched with the Rose Bay woman on Tinder on October 29 before moving the conversation to Instagram and then WhatsApp.

Police say Mr Gunathilaka attempted to encourage the woman to travel to Brisbane to see him but she declined and the pair began to have video calls, where they arranged to meet in person in Sydney.

The pair met at Opera Bar in Sydney’s Circular Quay about 8.20pm on Wednesday November 2, as the woman was already there for another function with people she knew, the facts allege.

According to court documents, they stayed at the bar for half an hour where Mr Gunathilaka had two drinks while the woman drank “about five standard alcoholic beverages”.

The pair ate dinner at Frankie’s Pizza before walking to Circular Quay Wharf 4 to catch a ferry to the women’s house.

“While waiting for the ferry Mr Gunathilaka stood in front of the complainant and pressed his body against her. The accused kissed the victim on the lips forcefully,” court documents state.

While on the ferry, the cricket player allegedly kissed the woman again forcefully and “slapped her buttocks”, to which she replied: “Oi”.

When they arrived at the woman’s home, according to court documents, Mr Gunathilaka pushed the woman back onto the couch and “forced himself” on top of her.

He allegedly forcefully kissed the woman and put his hand down her neckline, into her bra and “groped her breast”.

The facts state the woman asked the international cricket star to take it slow, before he began taking her clothes off causing her to freeze.

The pair moved to a bedroom where the woman began to feel uncomfortable but agreed to continue with sexual activity only if Mr Gunathilaka wore a condom.

“He protested but eventually agreed,” the documents state.

Much of the detail is too graphic to report.

During the several hours he remained at the woman’s home, Mr Gunithilaka is accused of choking the woman multiple times and allegedly slapping her on the buttocks.

At one point the woman looked down to the floor and noticed the condom was next to the bed, realising she had been “stealthed”.

According to court documents the woman was “in shock” and did not consent to sexual activity with no condom, or choking.

The woman again asked Mr Gunathilaka to use a condom, but he allegedly refused and forcefully engaged in sexual activity.

The woman was allegedly “frozen and in shock” before the 31-year-old asked the woman to order him an Uber. He got dressed and left the woman’s house just before 1am.

The following morning the woman woke up with sore and swollen lips and called two friends. She also contacted a counselling service and saw her doctor, and was unable to work as she “couldn’t stop crying”.

The woman attended Bondi Police Station where she provided a statement and issued photos showing the messages and calls she had shared with Mr Gunathilaka.

She went to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she underwent a Sexual Assault Investigation Kit and brain scan to check for injury from the alleged choking.

Police immediately began investigating and seized the used condom, tissues, bed linen and clothing.

Mr Gunathilaka was arrested in the early hours of Sunday Morning at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Officers found the 31-year-old in the lift of the hotel as he had just returned on the team bus from the Moore Park precinct.

According to court documents, Mr Gunathilaka participated in an electronic interview where he “corroborated some parts of the woman’s version” but denied any violence or lack of consent.

“Investigators … do not find it reasonable that the accused believed he had the free, voluntary and consistent consent of the complainant to the particular sexual activity that took place,” court documents state.

Mr Gunathilaka applied for bail on Monday which was denied by Magistrate Robert Williams, meaning he will spend the next two months behind bars on remand until the matter is next before the court in January.

Accordingly, Australian media reported that he will have to remain in custody for the next two months.

However, his lawyers are mulling to submit another application seeking bail.

Gunathilaka’s camp has decided to remove lawyer Ananda Amaranath, who has been representing Gunathilaka up to now, and get the services of Sam Pararajasingham, who has experience in criminal cases in Sydney.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan cricket captain Dasun Shanaka, head coach Chris Silverwood and team manager Mahinda Halangoda were summoned to the Sports Ministry yesterday (08) to inquire about the incident of Dhanushka Gunathilaka.

They have given statements separately before the Sports Minister and the officials of the National Sports Council.

Meanwhile, former head of the legal department at SLC Chanaka Senaratne said that considering the inconsistencies in the plaintiff’s documents and several other factors, he is confident that Gunathilaka will win the case.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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