Relief for Dhanushka Gunathilake in Rape Case: Australian Police Withdraws Three out of Four Charges

In a significant development, the Australian police have decided to withdraw the majority of charges filed against Sri Lankan cricketer Dhanushka Gunathilaka. According to reports from the country's media, three out of the four sexual abuse charges have been dropped.

The allegations against Gunathilaka stemmed from an incident during the Twenty20 World Cup held in Australia in 2022. It was claimed that Gunathilaka, who had developed a friendship with a local woman, sexually assaulted her without her consent.

The case was scheduled for a hearing today (18) at the "Downing Center" court in Sydney. However, the defense lawyers representing Gunathilaka revealed that the Sydney Police have taken steps to withdraw the majority of the charges against their client.

While the specific details surrounding the decision to drop the charges were not immediately available, it marks a significant development in the case. Gunathilaka's legal team expressed their satisfaction with the progress made, and the case has been adjourned until July 13 for further proceedings.

This latest development will undoubtedly have a significant impact on Gunathilaka's reputation and future as a cricketer. The Sri Lankan cricketer will now have an opportunity to present his case and defend himself against the remaining charge in the upcoming court hearings.