Staff sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court on 25 June 2015. He was part of an elite LRRP squad. The victims, including two teenagers and a 5-year-old child, were tortured and slain on 19 December 2000 at Mirusuvil. The postmortem report established that the throats of the victims were cut with sharp knives and their arms and legs had been chopped off. The massacre was definitely not the work of a soldier who had gone mad, Tamil legal sources who took part in the initial investigations in Jaffna told TamilNet. [Photo courtesy: Wasitha Patabendege, Daily News]