Investigations revealed that the two businessmen were abducted by men dressed in clothes similar to that of the Police.They were kept in a house, killed and the bodies were later burnt.The Officer in Charge of the Southern Crimes Investigations Unit and a Sub Inspector were arrested and 15 policemen were ordered to be transferred over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which is investigating the incident had unearthed the details.Human hair and bones believed to be that of the two businessmen had been found from the Walasmulla, Madagamgoda forest yesterday. Investigations have revealed that the two businessmen in Rathgama had been killed and the bodies were later burnt. A protest was staged in Rathgama today over the murder of two businessmen allegedly by the Police.Residents of the area and relatives of the two businessmen blocked the Galle Road and protested. The two businessmen, Manjula Asela and Rasheen Chinthaka, had been reported missing since January 23 this year.
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We cannot afford to let fear keep us away, the President of Ghana today told the United Nations General Assembly calling for a sustained, coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak of the Ebola virus which he calls a “disease of isolation.” “Ebola is a problem that belongs to the world because it is a disease that knows no boundaries,” said President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, whose capital will be the base of operations for activities geared toward containing the disease. Accra will be the headquarters for the recently established UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), with offices in the three main affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In parallel to today’s high-level speeches in the renovated General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting with world leaders to ramp up the response to the outbreak. The disease is believed to have killed more than 2,800 people. “What makes Ebola so dangerous is that the virus dares us to compromise the impulses that exist at the very core of our humanity: our impulse to comfort one another with love; to care for each other with the healing power of touch; and, to maintain the dignity of our loved ones even in death with a public funeral and properly marked grave,” Mr. Mahama said. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that if the outbreak is not controlled, the number of cases could rise to 20,000 by as early as November. Yet despite the dire statistics, he said: “We cannot afford to let fear keep us away. We cannot afford to let it compromise the very impulses that not only define but retain our humanity. We must erase the stigma.”Mr. Mahama, who visited the three impacted countries last week in his capacity as chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), noted that even before the outbreak, these countries lacked professional medical workers. He also noted that just as Ebola was able to freely pass through West African borders, so could drugs, arms, human traffickers and terrorists, and called for greater cooperation and coordination to conquer common threats.
A woman convicted of impersonating a man over two years in an “astonishing deception” to trick her female friend into sex after a retrial cried in the dock as she said “I can’t go back to jail”.Gayle Newland, 27, created a “disturbingly complex” online persona to achieve her own “bizarre sexual satisfaction”.A retrial jury at Manchester Crown Court found her guilty of committing sexual assault by using a prosthetic penis without her victim’s consent.The defendant cried in the dock, shook her head and at one point said: “I can’t go back to jail.” One of the female jurors was visibly upset and struggling to hold back tears as Newland became distressed.The Recorder of Manchester, Judge David Stockdale QC, granted Newland bail ahead of sentencing on July 20. But he told her the “overwhelming likelihood” was that she would receive “a significant immediate custodial sentence”.Newland, of Willaston, Cheshire, was jailed for eight years in November 2015 after she was convicted of the same offences by another jury at Chester Crown Court.But the conviction was quashed in the Court of Appeal last December and a retrial was ordered after it was ruled that the trial judge’s summing up of the case was not fair and balanced. Newland claimed her accuser always knew she was pretending to be Kye Fortune – a Facebook profile she created at the age of 15 using an American man’s photographs and videos – as they engaged in role play while struggling with their sexuality.She said no blindfold was used as they had sex on about 10 occasions at the complainant’s flat in Chester in 2013.The defendant also told the court she did not strap bandages to her chest or wear a swimsuit and a woollen hat to conceal her appearance.The defendant spent “hundreds” of hours talking on the telephone to her friend as Kye and more than 100 hours in each other’s company. Gayle Newland arriving at Manchester Crown Court, for her retrialCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Gayle Newland in a custody image released by police after her first convictionCredit:Cheshire Police The jury of nine women and three men reached majority guilty verdicts of 11-1 after deliberating for 17 hours and 25 minutes. The complainant said she was persuaded by the defendant to wear a blindfold at all times when they met and only found out she was having sex with Newland when she finally took off her mask. These encounters, according to the complainant, included her wearing a blindfold at all times together – including watching television, going on a car journey also wearing sunglasses and even sunbathing.Prosecutor Simon Medland QC told the jury: “This manipulative, deceitful and very crafty young woman went to such astonishing lengths to control the complainant’s life and make her do the things the defendant wanted her to do.”The verdicts can be reported after reporting restrictions imposed at the start of the retrial were lifted. Newland was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and cleared of a fourth count. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.