7 suspects in Morais case plead not guilty

Kevin Morais

(Bernama) – Seven men, including a military doctor, pleaded not guilty in the High Court here today for murdering and abetting in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais, whose body was found in a cemented drum.

They made their plea before Judge Azman Abdullah after the charge was read to them and the court fixed February 25 for a mention of the case.

Six men – G. Gunasekaran, 43; R. Dinishwaran, 23; A. Thinesh Kumar, 22; M. Vishwanath, 25; S. Nimalan, 22; and S. Ravichandaran, 34, pleaded not guilty to murdering Kevin, 55, between 7am and 8pm on September 4, 2015, while Kevin was on his way from Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul to No. 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya.

They face the mandatory death penalty if convicted under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

The charge against them was read in Tamil.

Pathologist Col Dr R. Kunaseegaran, 52, pleaded not guilty to abetting with the six men in the murder of Kevin at the same place, date and time.

The charge against him was read in Malay.

Kunaseegaran was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 302 of the same act.

Earlier Deputy Public Prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa applied for the court to fix the mention date in three weeks’ time to enable the prosecution to transfer a case involving another accused, A.Murugan from the Shah Alam High Court to be jointly tried with the seven accused here

Murugan was charged with abetting the six men in the murder of Kevin in Desa Mentari here between 9.30pm and 8pm last September 4.

Counsel M. Manoharan and V.Rajehgopal represented the six men while N. Sivananthan represented Kunaseegaran and Simon Sabapathy held a watching brief for the deceased’s youngest brother, Richard Morais, who was also present today.

Kevin’s remains were found in a cemented drum at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya, near here on September 16 last year.

Kevin was reported missing on September 4. He was last seen leaving his apartment at Menara Duta here for Putrajaya in a Proton Perdana car bearing registration number WA6264Q.