Toilet cleaner to keep $80k found in Channel 9 toilet

A janitor who came clean after finding $100,000 in toilets of the Channel Nine studios has been rewarded for his honesty.


(Getty) Source: SBS

Chamindu Amarsinghe was cleaning toilets in the Channel Nine studios in Melbourne when he discovered a sanitary bin filled with $50 and $100 notes.

"There was too much to count, I thought someone was playing a prank on me," said Mr Amarsinghe, who stumbled upon the loot in August 2011.

"But when I touched the notes - all yellow and green - I realised it was real money."

He said he called his supervisor immediately, who then contacted the police. A plumber was able to retrieve more than $100,000 from the toilet, with about $1200 pulled from the pipes.

As no-one has come forward to claim the cash, a magistrate ruled this week that Mr Amarsingh will keep $81,597 of the loot because of his honesty. The other $19,500 will go to the state.

On Tuesday, magistrate Michael Smith said: "There's no reason why such honesty should go unrewarded".

Detective Senior Constable Daniel Thorne, who was part of the investigation, told the Herald-Sun he agreed with the decision.

"All the guys in the office felt the same. He’s a struggling student who straight-up didn’t even think of pocketing it," Senior Constable Thorne said.

When Mr Amarsinghe, who is now studying IT in New Zealand, received a phone call about the good news, he said he was speechless.

"I just want to spend my life in a normal way, find a job in IT and carry out that dream."

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Published 9 May 2014 at 12:18pm
Source: SBS