On Sunday morning, Gunathilaka was taken into custody at the team hotel and charged with four charges of having sex without permission while on national duty and competing in the ICC T20 World Cup. The Lanka batter has not yet entered a plea to four counts of engaging in sexual activity without consent. On January 12, the case will go back before the judge.
“On Thursday, Gunathilaka appeared through an audiovisual link from Parklea jail in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court, where Magistrate Janet Wahlquist granted him bail. Kerry-Ann McKinnon, a police prosecutor, objected to bail on the grounds that Gunathilaka poses a flight risk and would harm the complainant’s safety, who cannot be named for legal reasons “said the sports outlet.
According to Thangaraj, “He would be on bail in these conditions of course,” according to the sports outlet.
“The accused tightened his grip around the complainant’s neck when she attempted to free him by seizing his wrist. The complainant feared for her life but was unable to escape the accused.” According to a police fact sheet submitted to the court, the sports outlet said.
Gunathilaka has played for Sri Lanka in 47 ODIs, 46 T20Is, and eight Tests since joining the white-ball squad in 2017.
Due to a hamstring injury, Gunathilaka was ruled out of the T20 World Cup on October 19. Nevertheless, he was present with the team as a “standby” when the alleged incident took place.