Woman, 44, jailed for harrassing colleagues

Jeevani Wickramaratna who has been jailed for three counts of harrassment.
Jeevani Wickramaratna who has been jailed for three counts of harrassment.
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A WOMAN has been jailed after being found guilty of sexually harassing male colleagues.

Jeevani Wickramaratna singled out married men at electronics firm Raymarine in Portsmouth and became infatuated with a fellow worker.

South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates’ Court heard the 44-year-old falsely claimed she was having an affair with him, sending him a series of messages claiming she was setting him free and had told his family about their affair.

Wickramaratna also made a false allegation on social networking website Facebook that victim Paul Stokes was HIV positive.

The court heard he did not have an affair with her.

He contacted police and she ended up leaving the firm.

She started work for couple Kazim and Joanne Benzair at communications firm Wimax in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, where she started harassing colleague Pir Khan.

Cambridge graduate Wickramaranta reported him to her bosses for harassment and they were both put on gardening leave.

She later sent abusive emails to Mr Benzair and his wife and was later dismissed after a work tribunal she failed to attend found in Mr Khan’s favour.

Wickramaranta had denied three counts of harrassment. But she was found guilty of harrassing Mr Stokes, the Benzairs and Mr Khan between June and October 2010 and jailed for 26 weeks.