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23 July 2024

Jet lag costs woman’s life – on the road

By Correspondent

A jet-lagged Sri Lankan unintentionally killed a grandmother and injured two members of her family in Singapore after he dozed off while driving, causing his car to mount the pavement on which the family was walking.

A Singapore judge jailed Singarayar Cleetruse Geethan, 32, for a month for the accident that happened in Woodland Drive 14, ‘The Island’ reported on Monday.

Lawyer Louis Joseph pleaded for a light sentence for his client Geethan, who he said was suffering from jet lag and had dozed off at the time of the accident, having just arrived from Sri Lanka at 5.30am that day.

Geethan, a permanent resident in Singapore, admitted driving negligently and causing the death of housewife Gwee Ham Siau and injuring her daughter-in-law Hasmidah Ho Bee Keng and grandson Oh Wei Jie.

Madam Gwee, 64, suffered head and chest injuries, and died in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital two hours later. Ms. Ho, 34, and the boy, 7, suffered leg and foot fractures.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Navindraram Naidu argued for a jail term of four to six weeks. District Judge Tan Boon Heng agreed, saying, “Geethan had caused the death of an innocent victim and injured two for which he could have been jailed for up to two years, fined $10,000 or both for causing death by driving negligently.

Man killed by brother at party

A man was killed by his own brother at a party on Friday after a heated argument between the two at Senani Village at Mapakada 20th Mile Post in Mahiyangana in Sri Lanka’s Uva province, the ‘Divaina’ newspaper reported on Monday.

The victim, identified as D. M. Jayasundara Banda (52) from 57, Senanigama, Mapakadawewa, was attacked by his younger brother and his son with a blunt weapon in front of the house.

The victim was rushed to the Mahiyangana Base Hospital where he was declared dead on admission.

The suspects have been arrested by the police and will be produced before the local magistrate.

Navy nabs drug dealer with cannabis

The Sri Lanka Navy has arrested a man who transported 57kg of cannabis, valued over Rs6 million, in a raft from the coast of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to Kalpitiya, Periyacholai in the northwestern coast of the island, ‘Ceylon Today’ reported on Monday.

According to Kalpitiya police, the Navy also seized 27 parcels of ‘Pampara’ drugs contained in 24,610 packets along with the cannabis.

Police suspect that the arrested man had three accomplices.

The arrested man told the police that the modus operandi was to sail to international waters near Kalpitiya where drugs would be bartered with dealers from Tamil Nadu who would arrive in rafts.

The drugs, kept hidden in islets off Kalpitiya, are sold to traders who come there, the arrested man said.