Swede’s killer gets 12 years in Sri Lanka

The 21-year-old man who landed a skull-crushing lethal blow to 19-year-old Swede Yvonne Jonsson in 2005 was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday.

The man, Samantha Jayamata, was dating Jonsson’s younger sister last July when the three of them were out at a party in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jayamata, a millionaire’s son, and the younger sister took a taxi home to a luxurious Royal Park apartment towers. The sister, having once dated Jayamata herself was not happy about her sister’s relationship.

An hour later, Jayamata met up with Jonsson in an elevator in the building as she was coming home. They began to argue about the younger sister’s relationship. Things turned ugly fast, reported Aftonbladet.

Jayamata chased Jonsson down stairs, catching up to her several floors below and hit her head so hard her skull cracked open. As she lied unconscious in the stairwell, Jayamata took off Jonsson’s jeans and strangled her.

Police found Jonsson’s keys, bag and an earring at the crime scene.

Jayamata confessed to police for the murder, but then denied the charges in court.

“The parents had spent a lot of money on a strong defense for him,” said Jonsson’s father Roger Jonsson, reported Aftonbladet. “So, it feels good that he wasn’t just set free.”