After spending 11 days in jail, Sri Lanka cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka gets bail from the Sydney Court

Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka was on Thursday granted bail by the Sydney Court, while hearing his second plea in the rape case.

The 31-year-old was in jail for 11 days after being charged for raping a woman in Sydney during his team’s T20 World Cup stint earlier this month.

The New South Wales (NSW) Police had reported that the cricketer and woman met after talking for several days via an online dating application. Gunathilaka was arrested in the early hours of November 6 at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Sussex Street, before the Sri Lankan team flew home without him.

The Panadura-born was detained for 11 nights after being denied bail in Downing Centre Local Court on November 7. However, the case resurfaced on Thursday in the Local Court when defence barrister Murugan Thangaraj, SC, reapplied for Gunathilaka’s release.

Conditions for the bail

  • 150,000 Australian dollar surety given by an undisclosed person
  • surrender of passport
  • twice daily police reporting, a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am (local time)
  • no to contact the complainant
  • ban on accessing Tinder and other dating applications

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has formed a three-member panel including a retired high court judge to investigate the allegations charged on Gunathilaka.

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