A woman found guilty of using a false passport to withdraw Rs. 275,000 belonging to her sister was sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment, suspended for four years, by Kandy Chief Magistrate Sumudhu Premachandra. The woman was also ordered to pay compensation of Rs. 100,000 to the complainant.
In this case, R. U. G. Yasawathie of Alawatugoda was found to have drawn money that had been sent to her sister R. U. G. Wimalawathie from Kuwait in 2002 as compensation payment. The money was deposited with the National Savings Bank.
Attorney Ananda Herath, who appeared for the complainant Ms. Wimalawathie, and Sergeant Jayaratne of the Special Crimes Investigation Branch, Kandy, told court that the accused owned houses, land and a car, and could well afford to pay compensation to the complainant.