Tuesday, 29 September 2015

4 of 8 men charged with the abduction and murder of DPP Kevin Morais from Kulim, Kedah

Kulim link in Morais' case


KUALA LUMPUR: Four of eight men charged with the abduction and murder of Deputy Public Prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais are from the same area – Kulim in Kedah.

Six of the eight were charged with murder and two with abetting the murder. All face the death penalty.

Looking scruffy and unshaven, army pathologist Kol Dr R. Kunaseegaran, 52 , was charged in the magistrate’s court here with abetting the murder.

College student S. Nimalan, 22, moneylender S. Ravi Chandaran, 44, G. Gunasekaran, 47, R. Dinishwaran, 23, M. Vishwanath, 25 and A. Thinesh Kumar, 22, were all charged with murder at the same court.

They were alleged to have committed the crime between 7am and 9pm between Jalan Dutamas Raya, Sentul and Jalan USJ1/6D Subang Jaya on Sept 4.

In the dock: Dr Kunaseegaran (right) and six others were charged in the KL magistrate’s court.

At the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court, mechanic A. Murugan, 44, was charged with abetment of the crime at No 20, Desa Mentari here between 9.30am and 8pm on Sept 4.

According to the charge sheet, security guard Viswanath’s last known address is at Taman Desa Karangan, Sungai Karangan near Kulim, Dinishwaran’s last known address is Batu Pekaka Estate near Kuala Ketil not far from Kulim while Nimalan and jobless Thinesh are also from Kulim.

Police sources said that while the four were not from a gang, they were all from the same area.

The accused in the KL court nodded when the charges were read to them. No plea was taken.

The prosecution team, comprising DPPs Datuk Abdul Razak, Manoj Kurup and Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar requested for the case to be mentioned in November considering the time needed for post-mortem and chemist reports to be ready

Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin fixed Nov 30 for mention.

Mechanic A. Murugan was charged in the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court.

Datuk N. Sivananthan and Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent represented Dr Kunaseegaran while M. Manoharan appeared for Dinishwaran.

The other accused were not represented.

Americk Sidhu held a watching brief for Charles Suresh Morais and Datuk Richard Morais, brothers of the slain DPP.

Morais went missing on Sept 4 after leaving his residence in Menara Duta to head for work in Putrajaya in a grey Proton Perdana.

Closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) recordings taken in Jalan Dutamas showed his car being rammed by another vehicle in rush hour traffic.

When Morais came out of his car, four men from the other vehicle came out and grabbed him. They then bundled him into their car

One of the suspects arrested in connection to the case led police to a swamp in USJ1, Subang Jaya where a body was found in a concrete-filled oil drum.

DNA tests on the remains matched that of Morais.

Outside the packed courtroom yesterday, the murdered DPP’s youngest brother Richard praised the authorities for the investigations and arrests.

“Everybody has done a good job. That’s all I can say.

“Now we have left it in the hands of the court,” he said.

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