Sampayo received special treatments upon arrest, hearing reveals

Sampayo received special treatments upon arrest, hearing reveals

5 August 2020 09:50 am

Anuruddha Sampayo, former Jail Superintendent of Negombo Prison, and four other suspects, who were arrested for allegedly providing facilities to prison inmates, were remanded till August 18 upon being produced before the Negombo Magistrate Court.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the complainants before the Court stated that Sampayo, the prime suspect, has received special treatments at the Negombo Police upon being arrested. A note has been kept in the Police in regard to a treat of tea on Sampayo and his brother, the Deputy Solicitor General disclosed before the Court. 

Former Jail Superintendent Anuruddha Sampayo was arrested in front of a girls' school in Kurunegala 11 days after an arrest warrant was issued. He was arrested by a special team led by Negombo HQ Inspector Frederick Woodler.

However, Sampayo's statement cites that he turned himself in before Police as the relevant Inspector, who was an alumnus of his school, had explained his mistake. 

Lawyers appearing for Sampayo told the Court that their client's wife has been mentally stressed due to her husband's arrest, thereby making a request to grant him bail under any conditions. His wife, who is suffering from a severe paralysis, and daughter, a medical student of the University of Kelaniya, are severely inconvenienced in the circumstances, they added.

Objecting, the Deputy Solicitor General said that neither who had spoken on behalf of the suspects had spoken a word about the arrest warrant issued, thereby requesting the Court not to grant them bail as they were absconding despite the issuance of warrants. The Deputy Solicitor General also shed light on to the conduct of the suspect after his arrest and when he was produced before the Court. 

Given observations, Negombo Chief Magistrate Rajeendra Jayasuriya denied the bail request and sentenced Sampayo for remand imprisonment till August 18.