Sri Lankan cricketer charged with raping and suffocating Tinderdate four times in her home – giving her a scan for brain damage – makes new legal offer to get out of jail
A New South Wales Supreme Court hearing is set to be held in December after Sri Lankan international Danushka Gunathilaka released a second bail following his arrest and charges of four counts of unauthorized sexual intercourse.
After the team’s loss of the Twenty20 World Cup to England, the 31-year-old was arrested at the Hyatt Regency on Sussex Street in the early hours of November 6. He didn’t fly home with the team.
Sri Lanka’s Gunathilaka looks dejected after being exhausted during the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match between India and Sri Lanka
Daily Mail Australia received a police statement with facts alleging that the woman met Gunathilaka for drinks and dinner at Opera Bar and Frankie’s Pizza on Nov. 2 after the couple had a match on dating app Tinder.
According to court documents, the woman would have been asphyxiated three times and forced to have oral sex. Gunathilaka would also have removed a condom without permission
At one point, the alleged victim feared “for her life” and could not breathe because of her “severely restricted airways,” the court heard.
Downing Center Local and District Court building in Sydney where Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka appeared in handcuffs via video link
In the morning she reportedly had pain and red spots on her body and was unable to work because she couldn’t stop crying.
The woman made a statement to Bondi police on Nov. 4 about the alleged incident. An investigation into sexual assault was then conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
According to police records, she also underwent a brain scan to check for any injuries caused by repeated asphyxiation.
Court documents show that Gunathilaka lives with his parents in Sri Lanka, has no ties to the Sydney community and is considered a flight risk by investigators.
On November 7, Downing Center local court Robert Williams rejected his original bail request. During the November 9 hearing, a request for repression filed by the police was withdrawn.
Gunathilaka as portrayed by a court sketch artist during his video link hearing at Downing Center Local and District Court
Attorney Alen Sahinovic told the NSW Supreme Court on Monday that defense counsel had been notified of the case and requested a bail hearing for Gunathilaka.
During the 30-minute hearing, Sahinovic said only “unacceptable risk tests” would be discussed.
The judge can only grant bail under this test if he or she is satisfied that the applicant does not pose an unacceptable risk to the community or will not appear in court.
A Supreme Court judge will determine whether Gunathilaka poses an unacceptable risk to the community or will not appear in court when deciding whether to grant bail
This is not a case of a ‘show cause’ offense where the accused must demonstrate why his detention is unjustified.
The bail hearing is scheduled for December 8 and Sri Lanka Cricket has suspended Gunathilaka from all sports.