Teacher strangled and robbed
By Tania Fernando
A teacher was found strangled and stripped of her
jewellery at her house in Piliyandala in broad daylight on Thursday.
report reveals that the cause of death was manual strangulation
and that she has been killed between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Her body was
discovered only when her daughter returned home after work around
6.45 p.m. The husband of the teacher, Mr. Wickrematilake, said his
wife had stayed home on Thursday, after their dog messed up their
that she wants to stay at home and clean the house", he said,
adding that she had called him around 9 a.m. at his office and told
him not to call her as she was going to sleep for a while and to
call after 12 noon.
he had tried to call her during the day, there had been no answer.
When their daughter had returned home, she had found her mother
lying on the bed dead, with her face down.
old physical education teacher was stripped of her jewellery and
even the bedsheet of the bed on which she was lying, had apparently
been taken by the thief.
"There were bruises on her neck,and her nose was broken, but
the house had not been searched or ransacked by the thief",
incident had occurred on Thursday, Mr. Wickremathilake said that
he had to give four calls to the Piliyandala Police, but they did
not take any finger prints at the scene of the crime till Saturday
asked us not to touch anything in the room and subsequently an officer
asked us to keep the room locked", he said.
the Piliyandala Police said they are conducting investigations but
are yet to make a break-through.
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