Police Allege Srilankan Cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka Choked and Sexually Assaulted his Tinder Date

by Hailey Greg
Police Allege Srilankan Cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka Choked

Srilankan National Cricket team batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who was in the custody of Australian Police on allegations of sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney has been accused of choking his Tinder date. It is reported that the woman was choked so hard that she had to get a brain scan to check for any injury. 

Gunathilaka was arrested in Sydney by the local police on Sunday over sexual assault charges. According to prosecution documents that were made public on Wednesday, the victim told the police that she feared for her life after meeting the 31-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer. 

The woman was allegedly sexually assaulted four times in her Rose Bay home in Sydney after she met the cricketer through tinder on drinks and pizza. 

According to the New South Wales police fact sheet, it is believed Gunathilaka refused to wear a condom and went on to choke the woman three times. 

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The New South Wales police statement stated quoted as per ESPN Cricinfo: “The woman met with the man after communicating with him for a number of days via an online dating application; it’s alleged he then sexually assaulted her on the evening of November 2, 2022. As part of ongoing investigations, a crime scene examination was undertaken by specialist police at an address in Rose Bay yesterday. Following further inquiries, a 31-year-old man was arrested at a hotel on Sussex Street, Sydney, shortly before 1 am today (Sunday, November 6, 2022).” 

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The police fact sheet further stated, “the woman continually tried to pull away from the accused, a clear indication that she was not consenting, While she could not breathe during an attempt at oral sex.” 

Gunathilaka was due to fly back to Sri Lanka after the disappointing campaign by the Sri Lankan team in the T20 World Cup but he was taken into custody by police. 

The Sri Lankan cricket board has announced an internal inquiry will be conducted against the cricketer stating that he will be penalized if found guilty in the Australian court.

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