Dunesh Priyashantha alias ‘Kondaya,’ who had been in remand custody over the murder of five-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa, was released on bail by the Gampaha Magistrate today.

Though Kondaya was granted bail yesterday, he had to stay in remand custody as no one came forward to sign for bail on his behalf. However, he was finally released after his mother arrived at the Gampaha Magistrate’s Court this morning and signed for his bail.

On October 19, the Minuwangoda Magistrate ordered ‘Kondaya’ to be released after DNA test results submitted to court by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) revealed that DNA samples taken from the suspect did not match those from the scene of the crime. However, he was sent back to the Remand Prison as there were three other cases at Gampaha and Attanagalla Magistrate courts pending against him.

Gampaha Magistrate granted bail and released ‘Kondaya’ from two previous cases yesterday (October 23). The bail was set at Rs.100,000 and the case was postponed till November 21. He was earlier released by the Minuwangoda Magistrate Court over the sexual abuse and murder case of Seya Sadewmi.