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Pair found guilty of murdering Lankan farm worker in NZ

2013 Jul 23

A jury of seven women and five men at the High Court in Christchurch began deliberating on Monday morning and returned with their verdict in the afternoon.

They found Thuvan Prawesh Sawal and Viraj Alahakoon guilty of the murder of Sri Lankan man Sameera Chandrasena in North Canterbury.

The body of the 28-year-old was found at a fire-damaged property in Oxford on 23 February this year.

The Crown said Mr Chandrasena was assaulted and killed before the house was set alight.

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