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Schaffter’s murder probe takes new turn; statement to be recorded from wife



The investigations launched into the murder of Janashakthi Group Director Dinesh Schaffter has revealed that a text message was sent from his mobile phone to cricket commentator Brian Thomas only after Mr. Schaffter became a victim of the criminals at the Borella Cemetery.

Accordingly, it has been revealed that the text message was sent to the mobile phone of Mr. Thomas by the killers of Mr. Schaffter.

Also, the investigations by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have revealed that the car in which Schaffter was travelling had gone directly to the Borella Cemetery from his home at no:15, Flower Road, Cinnamon Gardens.

The investigative teams suspect that Mr. Schaffter left home at around 2.06 pm and that this crime was committed within half an hour or so after leaving home.

Mobile phones of Dinesh & Brian subjected to forensic test

Further investigations are being conducted to find out whether a person got into the car on the way or whether he went to the cemetery expecting to meet someone.

After observing the location where the vehicle was parked at the cemetery, the investigating officers have said that someone who has a proper understanding of the Borella Cemetery is involved in this crime.

“I will wait for you.”

Investigations revealed that a text message saying “I will wait for you” was sent to the mobile phone of Thomas, who is in a dispute with Schaffter regarding a financial transaction, when his vehicle was inside the cemetery.

It is suspected that the message was sent from Mr. Schaffter’s mobile phone by the person or group of people who committed the crime since the text message has been sent after 2.30 pm.

There is a suspicion that the murderers have attempted to bring Thomas to the location of the crime and frame him for the murder.

Mr. Thomas has replied to that text message saying, “I have nothing to do with you. I don’t want to meet you.”

Police sources revealed that the mobile phones of Mr.Thomas and Mr. Schaffter were taken into custody by the CID and forwarded to the Computer Forensic Laboratory.

No evidence to say Brian was involved in the crime

Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the security camera system at the house of Mr. Thomas has also been investigated by the CID.

He said that no information has been revealed to confirm that Mr. Thomas was away from home during the time of the murder or that he was involved in this crime.

Mr. Thalduwa said the officers of the Organized Crime and Homicide Investigation Division of the CID have obtained statements from 23 people including several family members of Mr. Schaffter as well as several employees of the Borella Cemetery.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said more information will be obtained from Mr. Schaffter’s wife as well.

Statement to be recorded from the wife

The official also said that since the last rites were held yesterday, they will start the work from tomorrow.

Mr. Schaffter’s wife initially told the police that he left the house saying that he will return in half an hour.

When exactly half an hour had passed, she had made a phone call to her husband and when she did not get a response, she had become worried.

In the investigations, special attention has been paid to the fact that Mr. Schaffter has shared his location sharing facility of his phone with his business partner in addition to his wife.

The business partner, who is also a company director, has told the police that Mr. Schaffter has told him that he was going to meet Thomas.

He is also the first person to find Mr. Schaffter.

According to the CID, the investigations into the murder of Mr. Schaffter has now taken a new turn.

In relation to the investigation into the murder, 42 CCTV cameras along the road from his house to the cemetery have also been examined.

Source – Dinamina


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