Sri Lankan cricketer granted bail on sexual assault charges

Alleged sexual assault

Trigger cautions for sexual offense and also rape. The information in this tale are graphic in nature as well as might not be appropriate for some people.

Sri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been outlawed from utilizing Tinder and also his social networks accounts after being provided bond pending test on costs of intercourse without approval.

Gunathilaka, 31, was arrested in the early hrs of Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Rule Hotel in Sydney, where he was remaining while the Sri Lankan team was in Australia for the T20 World Cup. He faces four fees of intercourse without consent and has yet to enter a plea.

Magistrate Janet Wahlquist granted bond to Gunathilaka on Thursday in Sydney’s Downing Centre Magistrates’ Court, where he showed up through audio-visual web link from Parklea Jail.

Police District attorney Kerry-Ann McKinnon opposed bond because Gunathilaka was a flight risk which he could threaten the plaintiff, whose identification can not be exposed for legal factors.

Wallquist claimed she would certainly take into consideration just how bond would certainly be taken care of if Gunathilaka were an Australian person encountering the same fees. Murugan Thangaraj SC, standing for Gunathilaka, agreed that this would certainly result in his release.

” In this instance, certainly, he will certainly be released on bond,” Thangaraj claimed.

A police fact sheet submitted to the court claimed.” The complainant attempted to eliminate the accused’s hand by grabbing his wrist, yet he pressed tighter around her neck.

” The complainant feared for her life as well as was unable to avoid the offender.”

In an authorities interview after his apprehension, Gunatilaka confirmed some of the claimed sufferer’s statements, yet refuted that he was terrible or did not have consent.

District attorneys declared that the target did not consent to sex or any other sexual act without using a condom.

Thangaraj claimed Gunathilaka has followed authorities’ examination and also surrendered his passport.

” There is no proof that he has the capability to leave,” Thangaraj stated.

Bond is set at 150,000 Australian dollars and features different conditions, consisting of that Gunathilaka is not permitted to use Tinder or any other dating application. He was likewise outlawed from accessing his existing social media sites accounts unless accompanied by his lawful team.

McKinnon thinks the claimed sufferer could be in danger.” The man was at her residence and also they strolled to the address together,” she said.

Thangaraj concurred that the two walked to her residence with each other, but he claimed it was nighttime, Gunathilaka had never ever been to the area in the past, and also they strolled for up to 15 mins.” In this instance, even if he wanted to remember, exactly how would he keep in mind where she lived?” Thangaraj stated.

The unknown complainant was bothered with social media and had to shut her account, McKinnon claimed. The harassment originated from accounts with “Sri Lankan names,” she said.

Sangraraj stated it was unimportant.” He stated, “He didn’t motivate any of them to do anything.” She has left social media, so it all quits.”

Gunathilaka will be asked to live at a certain address and also record to authorities daily.

After matching on Tinder, meeting for a day and also going back to her home in Rose Bay, the supposed sufferer asserts the cricketer declined to wear a condom as well as choked her three times. Gunathilaka took a trip to Australia with the Sri Lankan T20 World Cup group however played just the initial suit prior to being eliminated of the tournament with a torn hamstring.

The Sri Lankan group was removed from the event on Nov. 5 after shedding their final suit. Gunatilaka was supposed to board a flight back to Sri Lanka the next day.

The instance will be listened to again on Jan. 12.

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