Revenge the motive for killing DPP Kevin Morais, court told


(The Star) – The murder of DPP Datuk Kevin Morais was fuelled by revenge when he was the prosecuting officer in the corruption case of an army pathologist, the High Court heard.

The prosecution in the trial, which started today, said it will prove how the case began when Morais was the prosecutor against Colonel Dr R. Kunaseegaran, 53, at a Shah Alam Sessions court.

Dr Kunaseegaran stands accused of colluding with six others in Morais’ murder.

DPP Datuk Abdul Razak Musa said the prosecution would produce direct and circumstantial evidence to prove the involvement of all accused.

He said all the accused, with the exception of the doctor, had gathered at restaurant Syed Bistro in Petaling Jaya, before moving out to Jalan Dutamas and waited to tail Morais from his house.

Evidence would be adduced to show Morais’ car was rammed by a Mitsubishi Triton shortly after leaving his house. He was bundled out of the car, stuffed into a plastic sack and placed in the Mitsubishi’s bonnet.

Morais was later placed in an oil drum overnight, in front of a stall belonging to the second accused, G. Gunasekaran, at No 1, Jalan USJ 1/6, Subang.

Using a forklift, the accused dumped the drum containing Morais into in a swamp not far from the stall.

The courtroom was filled to the brim, with three additional benches provided to accommodate the family members of the accused and Morais and reporters.

The family members were seen shaking hands and hugging the accused before the trial.

On Jan 27, six men – Gunasekaran, 48;  R. Dinishwaran, 24;  A. K. Thinesh Kumar, 23;  M. Vishwanath, 26;  S. Nimalan, 23; and S. Ravichandaran, 35, claimed trial to charges of murdering Morais.

They are accused of committing the offence between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015, between Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and No. 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya.

Dr Kunaseegaran, 52, pleaded not guilty to abetting the six in the murder.

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

Morais was reported missing on Sept 4 last year.

He was last seen leaving his apartment at Menara Duta here in a Proton Perdana car bearing registration number WA6264Q.

His remains were found in a cemented drum at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya, near here on Sept 16 last year.

Counsel Datuk N. Sivananthan acted for Kunaseegaran, while Gunasekaran, Vishwanath, Nimalan and Ravichandaran were defended by counsel V. Rajehgopal, while Dinishwaran and Thinesh Kumar by M. Manoharan.