British widower whose wife died on Sri Lankan honeymoon allowed home

British widower whose wife died on Sri Lankan honeymoon allowed home

May 15, 2019

‘I am going back to a life without my wife’: British widower whose wife died two days after they arrived in Sri Lanka on their honeymoon is finally allowed to return home to London after court lifts his travel ban

  • Khilan Chandaria, 33, said he would likely return home to London on Thursday
  • Usheila Patel’s remains were repatriated on Wednesday after the ban was lifted
  • They checked into the Amari Galle hotel on April 23 four days after their wedding
  • After his wife’s death Mr Chandaria was denied leave by the Sri Lankan police

A British widower whose bride died on their honeymoon two days after arriving in Sri Lanka was allowed to return home after a court lifted a travel ban.

Khilan Chandaria, 33, said he would probably return to London on Thursday, adding: ‘When I heard that I can go back, the realisation finally hit me that I am going back to a life without my wife.’

He said the remains of his wife Usheila Patel, 31, were repatriated on Wednesday as the courts decided to put off a full inquest into the death until August. 

A court official said Galle magistrate Pavithra Pathirana revoked the travel ban as Chandaria was not regarded as a suspect in the death of his wife.

Khilan Chandaria, husband of Usheila Patel, 31, who died in Sri Lanka last month just two days into their honeymoon, outside the courthouse in Galle on Wednesday

Mrs Patel (left) has also been repatriated today following the travel ban being lifted on her widower Mr Chandaria


Khilan Chandaria and Usheila Patel (left during their wedding celebrations) were on their honeymoon when they both became ill

The couple checked into the five-star Amari Galle hotel on April 23, four days after their wedding, and were taken ill two days later. 

Mr Chandaria was in court with three lawyers. He said he was touched by the kindness shown by Sri Lankans and wanted to thank all of them before leaving the island.

‘If I was a foreigner in the UK and this happened, no one would have helped me as much as the help I got here,’ he said adding that friends and relatives back home too were very supportive.

He said he wanted to keep his wife’s memory alive by offering his time for charity work.

The inquest into Patel’s death will resume in August, officials said, but Mr Chandaria is not required to attend. 

Prior to his release Mr Chandaria told The Sun: ‘The authorities are not treating me as a culprit but aren’t treating me like a victim either. I don’t want to leave without her. 

‘I still talk to Usheila at night when I look at the stars. She was supposed to be with me for the rest of our lives.’

Mrs Patel’s parents said: ‘Two healthy newlyweds left for their honeymoon and days later our beautiful daughter has left us. From cloud nine to a living hell. Just want to see our beloved daughter one last time.’  


The couple married in Brent, North London, on April 14, before travelling to Sri Lanka for a two-week, £6,600 trip. Mr Chandaria (left) and Usheila (right)

Mr Chandaria (pictured above) had previously said he did not want to leave Sri Lanka without his wife

The couple married in Brent, North London, on April 19, before travelling to Sri Lanka for a two-week, £6,600 trip.

Whilst at Heathrow Airport the pair purchased vodka and Sprite.

After arriving at the £100-a-night Amari hotel, Mr Chandaria said he had noticed a ‘smell’ in their room.

A cleaner attended and after the maintenance team left, the couple shared a sandwich and chips. 

The pair both felt sick shortly after, with Mr Chandaria saying he and his wife were ‘feverish and vomiting blood’.

The couple phoned for help at around 3am and three staff came with a wheelchair before the newlyweds were rushed to Co-operative Hospital, according to Mr Chandaria.

His massage therapist wife was then transported to the city’s Karapitiya hospital.

Mr Chandaria stands outside the courthouse in Galle on Wednesday with his legal team

Phone shop manager Mr Chandaria said today: ‘The realisation finally hit me that I am going back to a life without my wife’

Phone shop manger Mr Chandaria said a post-mortem showed his wife had died from dehydration and vomiting.

Amari spokesman Russell Cool told AFP last week that the couple initially declined medical treatment at a local hospital, but asked for help a few hours later. 

‘The couple consumed a light meal prepared by the hotel, as did other guests at the same time and who remain fine,’ Mr Cool told AFP.

The couple met on dating app Tinder before going on a date to the Finchley Lido cinema to watch London Has Fallen, which was released in 2016.

They started dating officially in March that year and two years later Mr Chandaria asked Usheila to be his wife, they were married on April 19.

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