The Negombo High sentenced Saman Jayalath to death over the the rape and murder of five-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa.

Negombo High Court Judge Champa Janaki Rajaratne gave the death sentence to the chief suspect.

The body of Seya Sadewmi was found on September 13 last year after she was reported missing from the previous day. She was sexually abused and strangled to death.