The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has informed the Minuwangoda Magistrate’s Court that DNA samples taken from ‘Kondaya,’ the main suspect in the murder of 5-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa does not match those taken from the scene of the crime.
The CID informed this to Court when it submitted the suspect’s DNA test results this morning. Seya Sadewmi was found murdered on September 13.
The suspect was arrested on September 23 in the Gampaha area. At the time, police stated he had confessed to the rape and murder of the victim. However, Kondaya’s elder brother was taken into custody by the CID on October 3. The CID then informed Courts on October 5 that he had confessed that it was he, and not Kondaya, who committed the crime. The suspect was then directed to the Genetech Molecular Diagnostics Research Institute (GMDRI) in Colombo for a DNA test.
Both Kondaya and his brother were earlier remanded till October 19.
Two others who were arrested earlier in connection with the murder; a 17-year-old school student and a 32-year-old father of one, were released by the Minuwangoda Magistrate on October 1 after the CID informed courts that their DNA samples too did not match those taken from the crime scene.
The two individuals have since alleged that they were assaulted and tortured by officers of the Kotadeniyawa police in attempts to elicit ‘confessions’ from them. On orders of IGP N.K. Illangakoon, Senior DIG Western Province Pujith Jayasundara is currently conducting a separate probe into the allegations of police torture.