A British woman who has been left stranded in Sri Lanka after marrying a local before he was shot dead says he only wanted her money.
Diane De Zoysa, 59, says she 'gave up everything' to live with husband Priyanjana, 26, in Ahungalla, in the south west of the country - but believes he had a second wife that he kept secret from her.
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But I really loved him and I thought he really loved me and I wanted to prove them wrong.'I've never loved anybody the way I loved him. He was desperate for me to move out here.' Mrs De Zoysa says she still 'think[s] about him every day' after he was murdered last month at a friend's house.
She says she believes her husband was shot dead by men trying to blackmail him for money.'From what I've been told he was at a friend's house.
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'Once I came out here he wanted money all the time.'Mrs De Zoysa revealed her family and friends were concerned about their relationship - but she wanted to 'prove them wrong'.
She said: 'All my friends didn't think it was a good idea.
Sri Lanka is a tropical and incredibly diverse island off the southern tip of India that can offer holiday makers everything from pristine sandy beaches to ancient Buddhist temples and lush green hills dotted with tea plantations to wildlife safaris.