Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was reportedly dragged off the group’s bus simply moments earlier than it was transported to Sydney Worldwide Airport to fly residence.
He was arrested and charged with the alleged repeated sexual assault of a Sydney lady he met via an internet relationship app.
Police confirmed the worldwide cricket star, 31, was arrested at a Sussex Avenue lodge at about 1am on Sunday over the alleged incident in Sydney’s east final week.
He was taken to Sydney Police Station and charged with 4 counts of sexual activity with out consent.
Gunathilaka was refused bail and can seem at Sydney’s Downing Centre Native Court docket on Monday. Police say they may once more search to have bail refused.
The Day by day Telegraph now studies Gunathilaka was sensationally arrested in entrance of his group, which has since flown residence with out the cricketer.
The newspaper studies Gunathilaka spent Sunday evening inside a Surry Hills Police Station holding cell.
His lawyer Ananda Amaranath has advised The Day by day Telegraph the cricketer is “very anxious” about being denied any request to depart Australia.
“He hoped it will get to courtroom right now (Sunday), so he‘s disillusioned that didn’t occur, however he’s holding up OK,” Amaranath stated.
“He’s fairly involved about what is going to occur if he can’t get again to Sri Lanka … these are critical prices and it may take a yr or extra for this to be finalised, so he’s very anxious about that too.”
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Intercourse Crimes Squad and Japanese Suburbs Police Space Command commenced a joint investigation following studies a 29-year-old lady had been sexually assaulted at a house in Rose Bay.
Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty from the Baby Abuse and Intercourse Crimes Squad stated the pair had allegedly matched on relationship app Tinder.
She advised reporters on Sunday they communicated on varied platforms, together with video calling, earlier than assembly up on Wednesday.
Mr Gunathilaka is alleged to have met the lady for prearranged drinks and returned to her residence, the place the sexual assaults allegedly occurred.
“This lady took quite a lot of steps to make sure she was protected,” Detective Doherty stated.
“She met up in a public place, with different folks round that have been conscious that she was there to fulfill somebody for a date.
“It’s simply unlucky.”
Against the law scene examination was undertaken on the deal with on Saturday.
It’s understood the remainder of the Sri Lankan group has already flown residence with out Mr Gunathilaka.
“The male is being supported by the Sri Lankan consulate,” Detective Doherty stated.