Jan 14, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today sentenced a mother and daughter pair, arrested for killing an endangered sea turtle for meat and eggs, to 2 years in prison.
Chilaw District Magistrate Rakitha Abeysinghe sentenced the two women aged 41 and 20 years to 2 years in prison and also imposed a fine of Rs. 50,000 each. If the suspects fail to pay the fine, the prison term would be extended by another five months.
The two women were arrested on Saturday (12th January) by a group of naval personnel attached to the Northwestern Naval Command, during a foot patrol, when the women were slaughtering the sea turtle in the general area of Nalladarankattuwa area in Arachchikattuwa.
The mother and daughter were in possession of 25kg of turtle meat and 211 turtle eggs during the arrest.