Otago Daily Times 1 February 2018
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“Thammahetti Mudalige lost his job after failing a drug test and then embarked on a four-day cannabis binge. Judge Michael Turner said that resulted in a psychosis.”
A Sri Lankan man who stalked several women during a 24-hour drug-induced psychosis has left one of his victims with ”a lasting fear”.
Harshana Rajiv Kumara Peiris Thammahetti Mudalige (33) appeared in the Dunedin District Court this week and was jailed for a year after admitting charges of indecent assault, doing an indecent act, intimidation, possessing cannabis and two of unlawfully being in an enclosed yard.
He had come to New Zealand six years ago ”to make a better life” for himself, his counsel Sarah Saunderson-Warner said, and he had no previous convictions.
But at the start of August, Thammahetti Mudalige lost his job after failing a drug test and then embarked on a four-day cannabis binge.
Judge Michael Turner said that resulted in a psychosis.
”At the time you believed [your offending] was right, thought you were the son of God, that masturbation was a form of prayer and the victims were there for you,” he said.
Thammahetti Mudalige said he could not recall any of the events but one victim told the Otago Daily Times the trauma had been etched into her memory.
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