Royal Park Murder
The gruesome murder of Yvonne Jonsson
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On July 1, 2005, a housemaid climbed the stairs from the 16th floor to the 19th floor of the Royal Park Condominium Complex in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. The time was around 9:30 AM. As she climbed the stairs, she was suddenly shocked to see the body of a girl lying in a pool of blood with the face down. The housemaid then immediately alerted the manager of the apartment complex.
Childhood friends became lovers
Shramantha later went to Australia for his higher education.
A miserable night under neon lights
Then they went to the White Horse, a popular pub on Nawam Mawatha in Colombo. There they met four of their friends. Next, Yvonne, Caroline, and Shramantha started bar-hopping.
After spending ten minutes at the Hilton Hotel, Caroline and Shramantha started arguing over a boy waving at Caroline. As the argument heated up, Caroline was crying. The tears in Caroline's eyes made Yvonne angry with Shramantha. Yvonne blamed Shramantha for her sister's tears.
Caroline and Shramantha reached the Royal Park Community Complex at 2:02 AM on the morning of July 1. They both had gone to Caroline's home on the 23rd floor of the complex, and then they have spent about 20 minutes in Caroline's bedroom. Shramantha then called a cab to leave Caroline's apartment. It was between 2:20 AM and 2:30 AM.
The last few minutes of Yvonne's life
"When you come home, please wake me up." - Caroline.
Yvonne vanished into thin air.
"She must be still rocking it." - Shramantha.
The prime suspect was also among the aggrieved crowd
Detectives unfolded the mystery.
Finally, Yvonne's body was lying at the foot of the stairs on the 19th floor with her pants tied around her neck. The killer had hit her head on the edge of a step until her face fractured.
Trial and Conviction
Two appeals for challenging the sentence
The case for the prosecution
The case for the defense
The defense called a psychiatrist to give evidence on behalf of Shramantha. The psychiatrist mentioned that the condition is called "post-traumatic stress disorder." the defendant stated that if the hand printing suited Shramantha, it could have happened when he passed the crime scene.
The final decision on the appeal hearing
Furthermore, the judge emphasized that there was no way that one could pass the place without even contacting a drop of blood on his person or at least on the sole of the shoes he was wearing at the time.
Ultimately, the judge found Shramantha guilty of murder. On July 11, 2012, the judge set aside the term of 12 years rigorous imprisonment and the fine of 300,000 Sri Lankan Rupees and sentenced him to death.
After release from prison, Shramantha has written an open letter to the Jonsson family and the public of Sri Lanka. Yvonne's sister Caroline also has publicly spoken out against the pardon.