Sri Lankan in Australia who killed husband to be freed

A Sri Lankan woman jailed in Australia last year for killing her husband will walk free within days after she was granted parole, the Daily Mail reported.

Dr Chamari Liyanage was sentenced to four years in prison last year after being convicted of manslaughter for killing her husband with a mallet, ABC reported.

The Sri Lankan-born doctor was eligible for release last July, but chose not to apply for parole because of issues with her visa, her legal counsel, George Giudice, told ABC.

Those visa issues have now been resolved, Mr Giudice said. Liyanage’s husband, Dinendra Athukorala, was slain in 2014 while lying in bed in the couple’s Geraldton, WA home, a court heard during her trial.

The court heard Liyanage had suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband during their five-year marriage, ABC reported.

She has been in custody since June 2014 and was due to remain in prison until June 2018.
Mr Giudice said his client will be released within ‘the next couple of days’ and that she feels ‘relieved and very happy.’ (Colombo Gazette)


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