On the 7the of June 2008, 12 year old Ms.Vinodani Silva a school girl from Kudapaduwa ,Negombo, was found dead, hanging from a beam in the kitchen.. Negombo Basic Hospital ,Judicial Medical Officer Dr.Channa Perera ,who held the post mortem, has shown in his report that the girl has been strangled ,murdered and then hung from the beam in the kitchen and also she had been raped continuously since about six months.,and according to the report Vinodani was not raped on the day she was murdered Some vital body parts were removed for further investigation.
Vincent Crooz the brother of Vinodani’s mother who has been living in the same house was arrested by Negombo police and remanded till 23rd June.
According to the information we received from the neighbours and relatives of Vinodani, the Police has not done a proper investigation and just because Vincent Crooz being an alcoholic,and living in the same house and also at the request of two priests and another person Vincent Croos had been arrested.. Other than that Police have not bothered even to take down any statement from anyone.
In a murder case if the suspect does not make any confession,it is the responsibility of the police ,to prove beyond doubt, at the open Court, that the suspect is the real convict.
In case the Police does not take any action to collect necessary evidence regarding their responsibility ,the suspect is liable to get acquitted and discharged and the victims would be desperate and the common man may tend to gradually lose faith in the legal system. . Due to the irresponsibility of the Police the real suspects of about 94% of the cases filed at High Courts are acquitted. According to the neighbours other than the arrested person, there may be some more suspected persons in Vinodani’s murder. Some times the arrested person may not be the real killer. Unless the Police conduct an immediate investigation , vital evidence and information may be lost ,as time goes on. This should not happen. The convicts of this nature should not be allowed to come out to the society. If they do that may be the end of another Vinodani.