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Sri Lankan Cricketer Gunathilaka Gets Bail In Sexual Assault Case

On Thursday, in Sydney, Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was granted bail by an Australian court in the sexual assault charges. Gunathilaka, who had the support of the Sri Lankan Cricket Association and government, offered a surety of Aus $163,500.

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By IANS News November 18, 2022 • 09:01 AM

Sydney, Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was on Thursday granted bail by an Australian court in the sexual assault charges. Gunathilaka, who had the support of the Sri Lankan Cricket Association and government, offered a surety of Aus $163,500 to get the bail.

The 31-year-old cricketer was assented on November 6 at the Hyatt REgency hotel here before he was to fly back home with the team following their T20 World Cup defeat to England.

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Gunathilaka has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent after allegedly sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman in Sydney's eastern suburbs on November 2. The Sri Lankan cricketer is alleged to have got in touch with the woman over dating app Tinder.

According to media reports in Australia, no plea has been entered in the case during Thursday's hearing.

Gunathilaka has spent 11 nights in custody after he was refused bail in Downing Centre Local Court on November 7. His lawyers have made a bail application in the NSW Supreme Court, which was listed to be heard on December 8.

However, the media reported that the matter reappeared in the Local Court list on Thursday, when defence barrister Murugan Thangaraj, SC, applied for Gunathilaka's release.

Police prosecutor said they accepted the material before the court, including new proposed bail conditions, allowed the applicant to make a secondary application.

Gunathilaka appeared via video link from Parklea Correctional Centre, the reports said.

Police prosecutor said they accepted the material before the court, including new proposed bail conditions, allowed the applicant to make a secondary application.

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