KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 – The prosecution will prove the involvement of seven men in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais starting from his handling of the case of military pathologist Colonel Dr. Kunaseegaran, at the Shah Alam Sessions Court, said Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Datuk Abdul Razak Musa.
“The prosecution would also prove their actions to look for an oil drum and cement and placing them in front of a stall belonging to the second accused, G. Gunasekaran, at No 1, Jalan USJ 1/6, Subang Jaya. The deceased was placed inside the oil drum and left overnight,” said Abdul Razak in his opening remarks on the first day of the trial of the murder case before High Court Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah.
He said that evidence would also be presented that on Sept 5, 2015, the sixth accused, S. Nimalan, with the third accused, R. Dinishwaran, and seventh accused, S. Ravi Chandaran, had obtained the service of a forklift to carry the oil drum containing the body of the deceased and dumping it into a swamp not far from Gunasekaran’s stall.
Abdul Razak said the prosecution would also submit evidence that Gunasekaran, with Nimalan and Ravi Chandaran, on the same night, (Sept 4, 2015) had driven Kevin Morais’ Proton Perdana car bearing registration number WA6264Q to an oil palm estate in Hutan Melintang, Perak and had set it ablaze.
The prosecution, he said, would also prove that all the accused except for Dr Kunaseegaran, had gathered at the Syed Bistro Restaurant, Petaling Jaya in the early morning of Sept 4 before moving to Jalan Dutamas to await and tail Kevin Morais after he left his apartment to go to his office in Putrajaya.
“Subsequently, prove that the deceased’s car was rammed by a Mitshubishi Triton not long after Kevin Morais left his apartment. Then Kevin Morais was taken to a workshop in Desa Mentari, Petaling Jaya. Here, it will be shown how Kevin Morais was done in and placed in a plastic bag which was then dumped in the boot of a car,” he said.
Abdul Razak, who is also Prosecution Unit 11 deputy chief, said the prosecution would also submit evidence which led to the finding of the remains of the victim, results of the post-mortem and other evidence to prove the role and guilt of all the accused. He also said the prosecution would submit evidence directly and circumstantially on the involvement of Gunasekaran and Ravi Chandaran, from the beginning to end, to prove intention and wrongdoing of all the accused.
On Jan 27, six men, Gunasekaran, 48, Dinishwaran, 24, A.K. Thinesh Kumar, 23, M. Vishwanath, 26, Nimalan, 23, and Ravi Chandaran, 45, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering Kevin Morais between 7 am and 8 pm, Sept 4, 2015, somewhere between Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and No. 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya.
They face the mandatory death sentence if found guilty under Section 302 of the Penal Code. Kunaseegaran, 53, who is the first accused in the trial, pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring with the six men in the killing of Kevin Morais at the same place, date and time under Section 109 of the Penal Code and read together with Section 302 of the same code.
Gunasekaran, Vishwanath, Nimalan and Ravi Chandaran were represented by lawyer V. Rajehgopal while Dinishwaran and Thinesh Kumar by lawyer M. Manoharan. Kevin Morais was reported missing on Sept 4 last year. He was seen leaving his apartment at Menara Duta here in a Proton Perdana with registration number WA6264Q. His body was found in an oil drum filled with cement at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya, near here on Sept 16 last year.