Sajith condemns decision to free Royal Park murder convict

New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today condemned the decision to free the Royal Park murder convict, Don Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha.

The Prison Department on Saturday freed 34-year old Don Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha, who was serving life imprisonment for the 2005 murder of Yvonne Johnson at Royal Park, Rajagiriya.

The convict was freed after President Maithripala Sirisena granted him a Presidential pardon.

“I condemn the President’s decision to pardon Yvonne’s killer. As someone whose father was murdered, I understand the family’s grief. We cannot be bystanders to violence, especially against women. As President I will never abuse the power of pardon,” Premadasa tweeted.

The sister of Royal Park murder victim Yvonne Johnson, this week, demanded answers from President Maithripala Sirisena after the President pardoned the convict over the crime committed in 2005.

Yvonne Johnson’s sister Caroline Jonsson-Bradley, in a Facebook post, demanded to know why the President showed interest in the case.

President Maithripala Sirisena later said that a group of leading monks, including the Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero, had requested clemency for the convicted murderer.

The President said that while serving his sentence in prison Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha acted with good behavior and conduct and undertook studies to successfully complete his external degree. (Colombo Gazette)