October 2018

Solihull businessman spiked drinks of students in chilling sex attack plot

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Ganga Siriwardhana, 51, has been jailed for drugging victims in Birmingham city centre

A Solihull businessman used a fake ID to arrange dates with university students – then drugged them in an attempt to lure them into sex.

Ganga Siriwardhana arranged separate dates with the women in Birmingham city centre in April and May last year, after speaking to them over Chinese social media.

The 51-year-old then spiked the drinks of the students – who were both from China – with clozapine which can lead to severe drowsiness.

But his attempts to drug the women were foiled by eagle-eyed members of the public, who became suspicious.

One of the women collapsed in a restaurant and other diners noticed as Siriwardhana tried to take her out.

Officers were called and concerns were raised after he appeared to have deliberately poured a drink onto the floor.

Despite claims it was an accident, officers sent the glass for forensic analysis where the presence of drugs were established.

Siriwardhana also spiked the drinks of another woman – just weeks later – but a member of the public saw her drowsy state and called police.

Officers attended but Siriwardhana had already driven off and the victim was taken to hospital.

Tests later confirmed she had been drugged and it was quickly established that Siriwardhana was responsible.

Siriwardhana, of Warwick Road, Solihull, and studying Chinese at the time denied charges of administering a noxious substance with intent to commit a sexual act.

He was convicted after a trial and jailed at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (October 12).