Kondaya’s brother on Monday (23) pleaded guilty to the charge of killing of five year old Seya Sadewmi of Kotadeniyawa after the indictment was read to him by Deputy Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena before Negombo High Court Judge N.V. Karunathilaka. The accused Saman Jayalath also pleaded guilty to the charges of abduction and rape when the case was taken up for hearing.

High Court judge Karunathilake fixed trial for January 25. The court was told the hearing would be held on a daily basis. After obtaining permission, the accused told court that he wished the case to be heard by the High Court Judge instead of in the presence of a jury. The court fixed the case for Jan. 13 for the issuance of summons to the prosecution witnesses.