In 2007, PD James, aged 80, from the small village of Ibbagamuwa a hundred kilometers from Colombo is free after 50 years in prison on remand.
Arrested in August 1958 for assaulting and wounding his father with a knife, he was imprisoned, transferred to a psychiatric hospital, then returned to prison. His case is forgotten in the drawers of Justice.
His jailer is intrigued by this old man who received no visit. His father who made the last visit had died twenty years earlier. The jailer discovered distant kinship with PD James ignoring their rights made no claim.
Reported by the press, his case touches the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who gives a sum of 500,000 rupees to the oldest prisoner in the world for his bail release.
"James was jailed for 30 years. He stole his youth", denounced his lawyer Dharmavijaya Seneviratne. A court ordered his release has apologized for this "rare and appalling incident."
"We are preparing documents to seek redress of 1.5 million rupees (14,000 dollars) to pay for his medical treatment in prison," or 280 dollars a year spent behind bars.