By Rose Kenny
The manager of a renowned salon on Staple Street, Slave Island had been clubbed to death by a group of youths around 12.30 am today, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
According to the police, the 47-year-old manager of the salon had arrived at the Salon on Staple Street in Slave Island from Modara around 12.30 am yesterday with his girl friend in a three wheeler.
When they had arrived near the salon a group of youths nearby had teased the girlfriend, which had led to an argument which had escalated into a fight and the youths had assaulted the manager and fled to the Muttiah road area.
The manager together with his girlfriend had given chase in the same three wheeler they had arrived in and another fight had taken place on the Muttiah Road, stated the Police. The youths had assaulted the manager with a pole and having sustained serious injuries in the attack, the manager was rushed to a private hospital in Kollupitiya where he had been pronounced dead.
The deceased manager has been identified as Nimal Anagi Attage, a resident of Payagala.
The youths, aged between 17-24, had fled the scene of the crime but an Air Force mobile patrol had arrived on the scene and the Air Force personnel had apprehended the suspects and handed them over to the Slave Island Police. The suspects are residents of Slave Island, Polgasovita and Kandy.
Police interrogations have led to the discovery of the murder weapon near the scene of the crime.
The five suspects who were produced in court yesterday were ordered to be remanded until August 19th.