British woman stranded in Sri Lanka after husband shot dead

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Diane De Zoysa, a 59 year year old British woman is begging her embassy to assist her get back to the United Kingdom after  her husband was shot dead by unknown gunmen last month.

Diane says she is completely helpless with no money to feed following the death of her 26-year-old husband.

She sold her house in Edinburgh last year and moved permanently to live with her husband Priyanjana who she met when she came to Sri Lanka six years ago.

Diane gave her husband £100,000, buying a house in his family’s name and paying for a minibus which was estimated at £31,000, according to Daily Record.

She exchanged number with Priyanjana six years ago when she met him at the hotel she stayed, they both kept contact through phone and internet after Diane went home.

Seven months later, she went back to Sri Lanka on holiday and the couple married in 2012.

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Diane added: “I gave up everything to come and live here in Sri Lanka and now it’s ended tragically.”

Diane visited her husband several times before moving last year to Ahungalla, a small coastal town south of the capital Colombo.

But her kind of married life was not what Diane hoped for as she suspected her husband of having a young second wife.

On May 30, Priyanjana was shot three times at a friend’s house by men who she believed were blackmailing him for money.

Diane said: “They thought he was a rich man as he had a nice house, a minibus and a tuk-tuk. He paid them but they wanted more.

“My husband and his family are very poor, so I have helped them. I gave up everything to join my husband here.

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“I sold up in Scotland in order to get the money to get the house built.

“I gave my husband £60,000 and bought him the bus in 2015 for £31,000.

“I paid for our house to be built and it’s still not finished. It never will be finished. It is in his family’s name.

“I never imagined that I would be at my husband’s funeral. I thought that I would die first, seeing as I’m a lot older than him.”

Diane said married life was good until she moved to Sri Lanka permanently.

Diane said she has been in contact with the British consulate.

She wants to find a lawyer who could help her sell the Sri Lanka house and finance her trip back to Scotland to rebuild her life.

She said: “I don’t want to live here anymore as my husband is gone.

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“I can’t sell the house because it isn’t in my name. I’m trying to get in touch with a lawyer to see if there’s anything they can do to get the family to sign it over to me so I can go back to Scotland and start my life over again.

“His family is poor so will not be able to help me.

“I’m having to get cash on my credit card in order to buy food because I only have a very small pension and am £1000 in debt.

“My life is ruined. I don’t know if I will ever recover from this.”

Media reports from Sri Lanka say police are investigating the murder of Priyanjana, who died at Balapitiya Hospital.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “Our High Commission in Sri Lanka is providing assistance.”

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