Ravindu Thilakawardhana wrote, “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you,” from the film “Taken,” on a Facebook page in 2013, after a student posted explicit photos of a friend.
Ravindu Thilakawardhana, who was in his fourth year studying medicine at the University of Leicester, became enraged when another student put explicit photos of his friend online in 2013.
Thilakawardhana responded with a photo of the actor alongside the words: “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
He followed that with a threatening private message to the student, warning him: “I don’t want to see you on a night out in Leicester, or in the UK.”
The student reported Thilakawardhana to the medical school and he was given a reprimand before he was deemed “unfit to practice medicine” and kicked out of the course by a university disciplinary panel in April last year.
Thilakawardhana complained to an independent adjudicator and then to London’s High Court and was waiting to hear about his appeal this month.
His legal team, headed by Clive Newton QC, said their client had expressed remorse and deemed his punishment an overreaction.
They expressed the belief that the student, who posted the explicit images despite promising he had deleted them, had “carefully planned revenge” by “targeting [Thilakawardhana’s] future medical career”.
But the judge has upheld the university’s decision, ruling that the panel were right to conclude that what he did was “fundamentally incompatible with continuing on a medical course or eventually practising as a doctor”.