Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was granted bail in Sydney on Thursday, reverting an earlier decision of taking him under custody for sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman.
Magistrate Janet Wahlquist granted Gunathilaka bail in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court, where he appeared via an audiovisual link from Parklea jail.
The shocking news came out soon after Sri Lanka’s match against England, which put the player in hot water immediately. While the squad flew back home, he was yet in jail for being accused of four counts of raping a lady.
The details said that he met a woman through an online dating app and had been in connection with her for the last some days. SLC had decided to suspend him from all forms of cricket.
SLC had said,
Sri Lanka Cricket will take the necessary steps to promptly carry out an inquiry into the alleged offence, and, upon conclusion of the aforementioned court case in Australia, steps will be taken to penalize the said player if found guilty.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to emphasize that it adopts a “zero tolerance” policy for any such conduct by a player and will provide all the required support to the Australian law enforcement authorities to carry out an impartial inquiry into the incident,”
According to sources, he awaits trials for charges and is banned from using any social media account.
Bail conditions include a A$150,000 ($100,620) surety posted by an undisclosed person, surrender of passport, twice daily police reporting, a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am, not contacting the complainant, and a ban on accessing Tinder and dating applications.
Whether or not he will get back to cricket anytime sooner is yet to be decided by the board. The case will now return to court on January 12th, 2023.
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