A suspect in the alleged rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl is currently being treated at the Mahiyangana Hospital after consuming poison. Police also said that a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly being held by the suspect is also in hospital after allegedly being forced to drink poison by the suspect.

Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the murder suspect had forced the 15-year-old girl to drink poison before consuming poison himself, after police surrounded the location where he was hiding.

The nude body of an 18-year-old garment factory employee who was reported missing since the night of December 1 was found at a state teak plantation situated about a kilometer from her house yesterday. A post-mortem at the Badulla Hospital had found that the victim had been raped and later strangled to death.

An investigation conducted by a team led by the ASP in charge of Mahiyanganaya Division had led to the murder suspect being identified. However, it was found that the suspect had fled the area.

Police had received information today that the suspect was hiding on a hill known as ‘Senasumgala’. Accordingly, about 25 police officers, supported by about 80 Civil Defence Force personnel, had surrounded the hill this afternoon. However, as police tried to arrest the suspect, he had forced the 15-year-old girl who was with him to consume poison and had consumed poison himself. Both the suspect and the teen girl were admitted to the Mahiyanganaya Hospital.

The suspect, who is about 20 years of age, is currently under arrest and being treated at the hospital under police guard. He is a resident of Aluketiyawa. Mahiyanganaya Police are investigating.