Internet access restricted in Kandy Facebook blocked in some areas

Internet access has been restricted in Kandy on the instructions of the Government while Facebook has been restricted in some other areas as showed that Facebook was not working in Colombo as of this afternoon (Wednesday). The move comes as the Government looks to crackdown on the spread of hate speech using social media as tensions continue in Kandy.The Government had said earlier that social media will be closely monitored to crackdown on hate speech. (Colombo Gazette)

Meals on wheels driver jailed for elderly womans murder 24 years on

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A meals on wheels delivery driver has been jailed for life 24 years after he murdered an elderly woman, following a DNA breakthrough.Raymond Kay, 70, from Halifax, exploited 86-year-old Amy Shepherd’s trust to enter her sheltered accommodation in Wibsey, Bradford, on August 2, 1994.While in there, he throttled Ms Shepherd, who never married, using her own tea towel, before ‘in all likelihood raping her’ and then finally killed her by stabbing her in the throat.At the time of the attack he was working as a meals on wheels delivery driver as part of a community order for a road traffic offence. He stole money, a watch and her jewellery then evaded justice for more than two decades.While Kay avoided police detection, a second man – Richard Whelan – was accused of killing Ms Shepherd but was cleared in 2000. A jury took just 50 minutes to return a guilty verdict against Kay.He was caught after police were able to match his DNA with that found at the murder scene when they reviewed the case. His DNA was on the tea towel used to throttle her, and his DNA was also on her body. When arrested on suspicion of murder, Kay – a career burglar with 60 convictions – told officers: “You’re joking.” Bradford Crown Court was told that Kay, 46 at the time, was able to “identify Ms Shepherd as a vulnerable person who he could target to steal from” due to his community order.He had been spoken to by the police during the initial investigation in the 1990s.Sentencing Kay, the Honourable Justice Finola O’Farrell said it was only through the “meticulous preservation” of evidence and “development of DNA analysis” that justice had finally been served.She said: “The violent assault which you then inflicted on her was unnecessary, cruel and grotesque.”Justice has finally been served for Amy Shepherd.”The judge sentenced Kay to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 17 years.Samantha Davidson, from the CPS, said: “This was an horrific and brutal attack upon a defenceless, elderly lady in her own home. Kay targeted her because of her vulnerability, conning his way into her flat and attacking her with shocking force.”In the quarter of a century since her murder, Kay must have thought he had got away with his terrible crime. But he has not. Advances in forensic science provided the scientific evidence needed to convince the jury of his guilt.”One cannot begin to imagine the terror Miss Shepherd must have experienced in her final moments. Our thoughts remain with her relatives, and we hope that the verdict today brings them some closure.” read more