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‘Bigamous’ lawyer in police net

Narahenpita Police Chief Inspector Gayan Prasanne and his officers arrested a lawyer who had allegedly committed bigamy and allegedly duped other women with the promise of marriage.

The lawyer had mostly selected widows for this purpose. While already married, he had married two other women - an accountant in a Colombo firm and another woman from Negombo. His first wife lives in Moratuwa.

The lawyer was arrested and questioned by police following a complaint made to the Narahenpita Police by his first wife, last week. Police investigations revealed that this lawyer published matrimonial advertisements in the weekend newspapers that he is willing to marry a wealthy young woman. When he received replies, he was in the habit of directly contacting the party and agreeing to marry her. Once he won her confidence, he obtained money from her and then vanished.

He had married the third woman from Negombo and was living in a house in Narahenpita when he fell into the police net. The owner of this house is living abroad.

The lawyer had prepared a fraudulent document confirming that the house has been given to him and had leased the second storey to a businessman and obtained Rs. 7 million.

He had obtained a luxury car on lease from a company in Colombo, handing over a dud cheque for Rs. 2 million.

All information was collected by the Police team when they investigated into the complaint made by the first wife.

The suspect was produced before court and remanded pending further investigations, police said.