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* Sri Lanka police arrest suspect in journalist's murder
Sun, Feb 2, 2014, 10:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 02, Colombo: The Sri Lankan police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of the former AFP journalist Mel Gunasekera today.

The senior journalist and Assistant Vice President at Fitch Ratings Lanka has been found stabbed this morning while she was alone at her residence in Battaramulla, s suburb of capital Colombo.

Gunasekara, 40, was found dead on the kitchen floor with stab wounds by her parents when they returned from the Church Sunday morning.

The police swiftly deployed several special teams with fingerprint analysts and sniffer dogs to investigate the murder and examined the footage of CCTV camera near the residence.

Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the suspect was arrested in Dompe, about 29 kilometers east of Colombo, by a team of the Mirihana Special Crimes Unit under the direction of Inspector Nimal Karunaratne.

The Police Spokesman said the Blackberry phone belonged to the journalist was found in the possession of the 29-year-old suspect Samson Anthony Joseph of Dompe. According to the Police Spokesman robbery seems to be the motive. The suspect has come to her house few weeks ago to paint the house and was aware that no one is in the house on Sunday mornings. However, when he came to rob the house this morning he found the victim and she has recognized him, the police said, adding that the suspect used two knives from the house to stab her.

Before taking up the post at AFP, Gunasekara, who holds a degree from East London University, was the founding editor of Lanka Business Online, a Sri Lankan business news portal. She also has worked as an assistant editor of the Sunday Times newspaper.

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