Three men charged in connection with the death of Dinesh Asanka Fernando Wannukawatta-Waduge have all denied the charges laid against them.

Appearing in the Grand Court on Friday, Jeremy Ralph Parchman and Shimar Kelly, both pleaded not guilty to a single count of manslaughter. Jeremy’s bother, who has appeared on the same indictment, faces a single charged of assault causing actual bodily harm. He pleaded not guilty to assault ABH, but guilty to common assault.

Wannukawatta-Waduge, 36, died on 30 Nov 2019 outside Bananas restaurant and bar.

According to court documents, CCTV video showed the victim talking to a woman who was at the bar with one of the defendants. While speaking to the woman, he leaned towards her and rested his hand on the middle of her back.

The documents revealed that he was “struck almost immediately” by one of the defendants. As he staggered away, he was pushed by several people, one of whom was identified as one of the other defendants. After being escorted outside, another incident is said to have transpired. However, the camera’s view was obstructed and so that incident was not recorded.

All three defendants were released on bail and a two-week trial has been set for June.

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