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03 December 2023

Coconut-stealing girl 'lied'; complaint withdrawn

By Correspondent

The coconut robbery case implicating a teenager that rocked the nation has taken yet another twist, with the complainants withdrawing the case on Monday.

According to a ‘Daily Mirror’, police informed court that they are withdrawing the case against the girl. The Magistrate ordered police to inform the girl regarding the withdrawal.

Earlier, filing the complaint with Horana police, K Senaratne - principal of Horana Sri Medhankara Maha Vidyalaya -had said that the statement made by the school girl alleging that she picked coconuts in order to raise funds to paint the school buildings was due to the influence of an area politician.

He alleged that the concerned politician had done so in order to defame him and the school.

The principal further complained to the police that two persons had confronted and threatened him with death after that. He claimed that the duo also asked him to resign from the school with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, an inquiry held into the incident by the Educational Department of Western Province had found that the statement made by 13-year-old school girl that she picked eight coconuts to find Rs.800 asked by the school authority was false.

It was discovered that the principal had not given instructions to students to bring Rs.800 and thereby the principal was not found guilty.
Meanwhile, the court asked the school to provide a suitable environment for the girl to continue her studies.