Jan 21, Colombo: Panadura Magistrate Chandana Kalansuriya today (21) sentenced a suspect to six years in prison for obstructing public health inspectors and spitting on them in the Atulugama Marawa area.
In addition, the accused was fined Rs. 10,000. The Magistrate also ordered the suspect to pay compensation for the four persons traveling in the cab, including the two Public Health Inspectors, to pay Rs. 100,000 each.
Bandaragama Police had filed eight charges against the suspect, Pakir Mohammad Mohammad Ameer, 52, a resident of Marawa, Atulugama.
When the public health inspectors went to Covid-19 infected suspect’s house on December 2 to make arrangements for hospitalization, the suspect had shouted at the public health inspectors, opened the door of the cab in which they were traveling and spat on the health officials.
The Police had complained that the COVID-19 patient refused to cooperate and verbally assaulting the PHI spat on the face of the health Officer.
The magistrate sentenced him to two years imprisonment on each of the three charges and two years of imprisonment of six months each if he did not pay the prescribed compensation to the health officers.
He was sentenced to six months imprisonment if he did not pay the fine of Rs. 10,000 and two weeks imprisonment if he did not pay the fine of Rs. 50 for the other two charges.
Bandaragama Police OIC Chief Inspector Lasantha Buddhika and Police Sergeant Edirisinghe have lodged the complaint.