Husband charged over murder of Sri Lankan woman in Australia

A man has been charged over the murder of her Sri Lankan wife in Australia, the West Australian reported.

Darshika Nilmini Kudaligama Withana, aged in her 40s, could not be saved when paramedics were called to the unit she shared with her husband and alleged killer Upendra Pathmasri Ihalahewa about 9am on Sunday.

Kudaligama Withana was a physical education teacher at Horizon College International in Colombo before moving to Australia. She previously taught at Lyceum International School and coached several junior sporting teams.

Friend and former colleague Malika Wanasinghe posted a picture of herself with Ms Kudaligama Withana in tribute.

“Good old days. I can’t believe this. Rest in peace my dear Darshika Kudaligama,” she wrote.

Ihalahewa, 44, was remanded to a secure psychiatric facility on Monday after being charged with murder.

The charge was read to Ihalahewa during a brief court appearance but he was not required to enter a plea. He will appear in court again next week.

Friends in Australia are assisting Ms Kudaligama Withana’s family organise the repatriation of her body to Sri Lanka.

It is understood her family will not travel to Perth and plan to hold a funeral as soon as possible.


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