NEW DETAILS EMERGE WHEN DANUSSHKA RETURNS TO COURT

Danushka returns to court as new details emerge

New details of the police case against Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka have emerged one day before he asks for a review of his bail conditions, Australian media News.com.au reported.

The 31-year-old is behind bars on remand after being charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent. Police allege Mr Gunathilaka sexually assaulted a Sydney woman he’d previously matched with on a dating app after a night out.

On Wednesday, new details of the case emerged as the cricketer’s defence lawyers were granted access to a USB containing files including CCTV footage from a Sydney railway station.

Mr Gunathilaka was excused from appearing in Sydney Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, where the court was told there was a subpoena to obtain digital material from a government agency.

Magistrate Robert Williams heard the brief application and granted access to the USB, which contains files of interest, including the CCTV footage.

Police allege the international cricket star matched with a woman on a dating app and they chatted before they met on November 2.

Police allege the pair had drinks in the city before they went back to the woman’s home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs around 11pm.

Mr Gunathilaka then ignored the woman’s request to “take it slow” and instead choked and assaulted the 29-year-old woman in her own home, police claim.

The top order batsman allegedly forced himself on top of the woman when the pair moved to the bedroom. Police claim the woman was uncomfortable and agreed to continue with sexual activity only if Mr Gunathilaka wore a condom.

Mr Gunathilaka has not entered any pleas to the charges. He was arrested outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 6 as his team were set to depart Australia.

Mr Gunathilaka will return to Sydney Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday to request a review of his bail conditions.

He will be taking his bid for freedom to the Supreme Court next month after he was refused bail in the Local Court on November 7. (News com.au)

2022-11-16