Ex monk sentenced over rape

A former Buddhist monk, who became notorious for the telephone conversations he had with women, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over a rape case.

Ruwanwella Sobitha alias Sunil Shantha was sentenced by a court in Kegalle today after he was found guilty of the crime involving a 28 year old woman.

The former monk used to operate a telephone service where he gave advice to the caller over various issues.

However recorded telephone conversations surfaced where he was heard asking women who telephoned him to come and meet him personally for some “fun”.

When the news of his underhand activity surfaced several monks and Buddhist devotees had staged protests outside his house and demanded his arrest. (Colombo Gazette)