Sri Lanka’s Gunathilaka charged with alleged sexual assault | Cricket News

Gunathilaka has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in Sydney and has been taken into custody.

Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been arrested and charged for an alleged sexual assault on a girl in Sydney, hours after the nationwide staff misplaced to England on the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

Gunathilaka was dominated out of the World Cup in the course of the first spherical with a hamstring damage however he remained with the staff in Australia.

“Intercourse crimes squad detectives have charged a Sri Lankan nationwide following an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a girl in Sydney’s east final week,” New South Wales police mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

Sri Lanka’s cricket board confirmed the person was 31-year-old Gunathilaka.

“Sri Lanka Cricket confirms that it was notified by the ICC that participant Danushka Gunathilaka has been arrested on the allegations of sexual assault of a girl in Sydney,” it mentioned in an announcement.

“SLC will intently monitor the proceedings in court docket and, in session with the ICC, will expeditiously provoke a radical inquiry into the matter and take stern motion in opposition to the participant if discovered responsible.”

Police mentioned detectives started an investigation on Saturday after receiving studies {that a} 29-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted at a Rose Bay dwelling in Sydney’s jap suburbs earlier within the week.

Gunathilaka was arrested at a resort in Sydney within the early hours of Sunday and charged with 4 counts of sexual activity with out consent.

“The pair met up in Sydney at a pre-arranged assembly,” Detective Superintendent Jane Doherty, commander of the New South Wales state Intercourse Crimes Squad, advised reporters. “They’d drinks and went for one thing to eat earlier than going again to the younger woman’s dwelling.

“Police will allege that while they’re within the dwelling the male assaulted the feminine plenty of occasions while performing sexual acts upon her.”

Doherty mentioned the girl took steps to make sure her security, together with speaking with the person for a number of days earlier than assembly and happening a date in a public place.

Gunathilaka was refused bail and can seem at Sydney’s Waverley Courtroom on Monday. Police say they’ll once more search to have bail refused.

Gunathilaka made his worldwide debut in 2015 and has performed eight Assessments, 47 ODIs and 46 T20s.

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