Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested months ago on sexual assault charges. His lawyer recently slammed the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court due to the delays in the court proceedings. Till now, the Crown hasn’t provided much concrete evidence for defence for which the processing is getting delayed.
During T20 World Cup 2022, Gunathilaka started talking to a woman on a dating app and after a few conversations, they met up on November 2nd. The pair have been reported to have shared a few drinks that night before they went to the woman’s apartment in Sydney at around 11 pm.
According to the fact sheet provided by the police at the last hearing, the cricketer forced himself on her despite the woman’s repeated requests to take things slow. He sexually abused her by getting on top of her. She later agreed hesitantly to the batter’s sexual advances only if he wore a condom.
When the woman found out that the cricketer is not using protection, she requested him to use a condom, however, the top batter refused to comply and forced himself on her to engage in sexual interactions. As per the police reports, the woman was frozen and shocked by the incident as the cricket left her home somewhere around 1 pm the same night.
Gunathilaka had gotten bail on November 17
Meanwhile, the top batter from Sri Lanka has not entered pleas to the four sexual charges against him. His lawyer, Alen Sahinovic, informed the Court that the Crown is yet to serve evidence of the crime till now. He slammed the Court for the delayed proceedings and requested the court to order the Crown to provide the working brief within seven days. The prosecutor on this case however has revealed that the brief was not yet compliant.
In the meantime, Gunathilaka was bailed out by a $150,000 surety provided by a friend of a friend and an additional $50,000 to be given by the accused cricketer. He was granted leave to move into a 1-BHK apartment in Sydney. He had to surrender his passport and is also under orders to report to the police station daily and alongside a night curfew.
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