Monk sentenced to 10 years for child abuse

Monk sentenced to 10 years for child abuse
Thursday, 18 May 2006 - 6:43 AM SL Time

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A monk who was found guilty of grave sexual abuse on an underage boy was sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court yesterday.

High Court judge W. A. T. Ratnayake convicted accused monk, Ven. Thalarambe Sudamma of Pepiliyana Sunethradevi Rajamaha Viharaya and imposed a fine of Rs. 15,000 in default six months RI. The monk was also ordered to pay a compensation of Rs. 15,000 to the abused child.

The Attorney General had indicted the accused with committing grave sexual abuse on a thirteen years old child between May 27 and September 6, 1999 at Pepiliayana Nugegoda. According to the complaint the child, the Abiththaya (acolyte) in the temple was abused by the accused on several days.

During the magisterial inquiry the accused had denied the charge of child abuse and had implicated another monk in the same temple of the offence. When the accused was indicted before the Colombo High Court he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Delivering the judgment the High Court judge held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt. State Counsel Shanil Kularatne appeared for the prosecution.

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