Colombo, July 5 (newsin.asia) – A Sri Lankan High Court, on Wednesday imposed the death sentence on a man who was convicted for the murder of journalist Melicia Gunasekara in 2014.
Delivering the verdict in a case which lasted over three years, Colombo High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasingha sentenced Anthony Ramson George to death after the state attorney had sought maximum punishment as he had two prior convictions.
40 year old Melicia who was more popularly known as Mel was a graduate of the University of East London, and worked as an editor for the local Sunday Times newspaper and a corespondent in the Colombo bureau of Agence France Presse (AFP).
She was stabbed to death in her home in capital Colombo on Feb 2, 2014, while her parents and younger brother, were not present at home.
She was found lying lifelessly on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.
The suspect, who had previously been hired to paint the victim’s home, had broken into the house with the intention of burglarizing it.