Home > News > Regional
Monday February 3, 2014 MYT 8:41:00 AM
Monday February 3, 2014 MYT 8:45:19 AM
Sri Lanka police investigators conduct a probe at the home of murdered former Agence France-Presse journalist Mel Gunasekera in the capital Colombo on February 2, 2014
Colombo (AFP) - Former Agence France-Presse journalist Mel Gunasekera was stabbed to death on Sunday after a break-in at her family's home in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, police said.
The body of Gunasekera, who had been working for the international ratings agency Fitch, was discovered by her parents at their house in the Battaramulla neighbourhood after they returned from church, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder, Rohana said, adding that he had been in possession of Gunasekera's stolen mobile phone.
The spokesman said that police believe the suspect murdered Gunasekera after she recognised him as a labourer who had been hired over a month ago to paint her house.
"At that stage, he had used a knife from the house to attack and kill her," Rohana told reporters.
He added that police had taken fingerprints and had studied closed-circuit television footage.
Gunasekera, 40, was an assistant vice president at Fitch's Sri Lankan operation, a position she took up in 2012 after a five-year stint as Colombo correspondent for AFP.
As well as reporting extensively on financial and political affairs in Sri Lanka, she also made several visits as a journalist to the neighbouring Maldives.
She was also the founding editor of Lanka Business Online, which is one of Sri Lanka's best known financial news portals.
Tags / Keywords:
AFP journalist, murdered, Sri Lanka
Spotlight on Lankan peace
S. Lanka deploys thousands of police on election eve
Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse issues challenge to president
New probe into rugby star’s death
Two suspects arrested for murder of detainee
Linked to human traffickers Thailand: Smuggling syndicate may have launched attack on shrine
Suspect remains a mystery
Thai police issue 2 new arrest warrants after raid finds bomb-making materials
Fuel pump fault sees Qantas A380 flight diverted
Silk road out of poverty for India's tribal communities
Five unusual ways to build endurance for a marathon
Williams begins calendar Slam push in ruthless style
Tasting the finer things in life
Cooling dishes to suit Malaysian palate
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)