03 August 2020 :
Former MP, SLPP (Sri Lanka People's Front) candidate from Rathnapura district, Premalal Jayasekara and two others on 31 July 2020 were sentenced to death over a fatal shooting incident during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign in Kahawatta in the run up for the 2015 Presidential Election.
The other two individuals found guilty were the former Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council member Nilantha Jayakody and former Kahawatta Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Vajira Darshana. The judgment was delivered by the Ratnapura High Court.
The said shooting incident had taken place on 5 January 2015 when the said criminals fired at a political supporter who was decorating an election stage of then common candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Kahawatta.