Buckle up folks, because I have a doozy of a story for you here!
De Zoysa had spent her entire life savings, which totaled around £90,000 (roughly $115,730), on her 26-year-old Sri Lankan husband Priyanjana De Zoysa after she sold her home in Musselburgh, East Lothian, packed up her life, said goodbye to her friends and family and moved to Sri Lanka to live close to her husbands family.
Diane sold her home two years ago and used that money to build a house in Ahungalla, south of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, for her and her husband. She also allegedly bought him a minibus.
However, after her husband’s death, Diane was left stranded in the country. Apparently, her late husband’s family was keeping her ‘under house arrest’ because they refused to let her sell the house she paid for. They also demanded that she give them more money from her pension.
A year after Diane and Priyanjana were married, Priyanjana was killed, and it is only now that Diana is beginning to admit that he ‘obviously didn’t love her’, thus making her attempt to escape back to the UK.
When speaking to the Daily Record, Diane said:
“I just couldn’t stay there any longer. I kind of feel stupid now that I didn’t listen to my family and my friends because they said it was just about the money. I thought he did really love me but obviously, he didn’t.”
60-year-old Diana met Priyanjana while she was on holiday in Sri Lanka six years ago, he was working in the hotel her and her group was staying at. They then got married, just 7 months later.
During her move to Sri Lanka in 2016, Diane says she initially spent £57,000 ($73,271) on building a house which was close to her husband’s family, and then a further £31,000 ($39,849)on a minibus for her husband to drive as a means of employment, yikes.
However, on May 30th, 2017, Priyanajana was actually shot dead by blackmailers who had learned about all the money he had recently “come into”…. double yikes.
Since the death of her husband, Diane has been searching for a lawyer who is willing to help sell her house, which turns out was put in her husband’s family name. Unsurprisingly, her husband’s family have refused to help her at all.
Diane is also now starting to believe that Priyanjana had a second wife after she found paperwork among his personal belongings, along with suspecting that her husband was in fact murdered by blackmailers ‘because he was rich. They were jealous because he had a nice house, a minibus, and a tuk-tuk.’
Because of all this chaos, she has since run up thousands upon thousands of pounds worth of debt while trying to support Priyanjana’s family and living on her own in Sri Lanka.
Not only that, but Diane also has a string of medical conditions which made her fear she may never actually get to leave the country ever again. However, Diane did manage to eventually flee her husband’s family and seek refuge with friends, before finally being able to board a flight back to Scotland.
Now planning to stay with friends while she tried to get back on her feet, Diane said about the whole situation:
“My husband’s family virtually had me under house arrest for two years. I couldn’t go anywhere – not even to the beach. They weren’t happy I was leaving and put a complaint into the local police because I was leaving with all my property but I managed to get away to stay with friends. They weren’t happy because they wouldn’t get any more money from me.”
Diane also added that she had put ‘everything’ (but I mean, literally everything) into moving to Sri Lanka to be with her husband, the man she was so sure loved her, and is now hoping to find a lawyer to help her claim back at least some, if not all, of her assets.