July 11, 2012
The police today hailed the Appeal Court judgment in the Royal Park murder case.
Jude Sharmantha Anthony Jayamaha was given the death sentence today by the Court of Appeal after it revoked an earlier order in the 2005 murder of Swedish national Yvonne Johnson at the Royal Park condominium.
The police media unit said that the order was issued following an application filed by the Attorney General’s department against the earlier verdict which was a 12 year prison sentence for the suspect given by the High Court in 2006.
Police media spokesman Ajith Rohana said that the Court of Appeal order proves criminals will not be able to escape justice.
He said that this was the first time an appeal was made by the Attorney General’s department saying a sentence given in a murder case was not enough.
A student of the Colombo International School, 19 year old Yvonne Johnson was found brutally raped and murdered at the Royal Park Condominium in the wee hours of 30th June 2005, the local media reported at the time.
Police found the body of the victim on the 19th floor of the building, with her clothes ripped off and her possessions strewn around.
Speaking to the media following the 2006 court ruling the family members of the victim said they will never return to Sri Lanka as they were shocked by the verdict.The victim is the daughter of Swiss national, Roger Johnson and Sri Lankan born Chamalika.
“We will appeal once again. We will fight till justice is achieved,” an angry Roger Johnsson, the father of Yvonne, was quoted in the media as saying after the 2006 court order.
In the 2006 ruling the accused was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.