Please free Dr Chamari Liyanage , a survivor to brutal and barbaric domestic violence

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A Sri Lankan-born doctor Chamari Liyanage who was jailed after being found guilty of killing her abusive husband has failed in her bid to have her conviction and sentence overturned.

Chamari Liyanage was sentenced to a four-year prison term after being convicted by a jury in February last year of unlawfully killing Dinendra Athukorla in Geraldton in 2014.

She was released on parole in March this year after a protracted fight to reinstate her visa to stay in Australia.

Liyanage appealed against her conviction and sentence, but today in a unanimous decision, three Appeal Court judges dismissed her arguments.

 

During her two-and-a-half day police interview, Liyanage pointed officers to a metal chair that had become unstable from being used to beat her, a wooden rolling pin that had left bruises on her inner thighs, and marks on the wall where dinner plates had been thrown at her.

Liyanage said her husband was never satisfied with her and pushed her into having affairs with other people, while he spent much of his time seducing young women, mostly teenagers.

He would leave her number on pornography websites, keep her up at night to perform sexual acts to be streamed online to strangers, and force her to watch child pornography while they had sex.

She testified she had tried to leave her husband six times, but was trapped in a cycle of abuse with someone who was "a monster".

During her trial, she maintained that she remembered nothing of what happened to her husband, with the court hearing the couple's five-year marriage was defined by the "worst kind" of escalating sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

 

She was eligible for parole in July last year, but did not seek release because her visa at that time had been revoked and she would have been deported to Sri Lanka.

It is understood Liyanage has voluntarily agreed to suspend her medical licence.

In its decision to dismiss Liyanage's appeal against her sentence, the court said the term she received was appropriate.

"The sentence imposed was a significantly lesser term than the sentences usually imposed for the offence of manslaughter, even in the presence of significant mitigating factors," the judgment read.

"The sentence is not arguably manifestly excessive, either as to the type of sentence or the length of the term of immediate imprisonment which was imposed."

This is a cruel situation where there is no support for the domestic violence victim. Today this happened to Dr Chamari, tomorrow it can happen to anybody..our sisters, our daughters, our friends..we need stronger laws to keep domestic violence in check.

Why are we waiting for the extreme situations to happen?

As an Indian proverb goes whatever happens to the thorn or the leaf..the leaf is always in trouble and that was what happened to Dr Chamari..

 

Please sign your support to get Dr Chamari free again

Sincerly

Chandni Ravi, Sydney

 



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