Aussie-Lankan on trial for killing hubby
Colombo - A Sri Lankan lady doctor identified as Chamari Rasika Gunathilaka Liyanage, is accused of murdering her doctor husband, Dinendra Athukorala, at their Shenton Street home, went on trial in the Australian Supreme Court, an Australian media report had stated.
Dr. Athukorala had been fatally injured by Dr. Liyanage, who was alleged to have repeatedly hit the victim with a hammer weighing 1.79kg, as he lay on their bed.
The incident took place in in June 2014.
Prosecutor Nick Cogin, in his opening address stated that Dr. Athukorala wanted to involve his wife in unusual sexual practices.
He said Dr. Liyanage had been worried about her carrier since the Sri Lankan couple developed a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and she, who became fed up with the circumstances, had thought the only way of resolving things was by killing her husband.
Mr. Cogin said when police arrived at home the victim had been huddled in the lounge room in the foetal position while blood was splattered on her clothes and the bedroom wall.
Dr. Liyanage confessed to the police that her husband was physically violent, forced her to engage in sexual acts and controlled her affairs.
George Giudice, defence lawyer, described his client as a “sleepy deprived, anxious, trapped and battered woman”.
The trial continues.
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