KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court had sentenced the six individuals to death after they were found guilty of murdering the late Deputy Public Prosecutor, Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais whose body was found buried by cement in a barrel five years ago.
The accused were pathologist, Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran, 57, as the main accused, money-lender S Ravichandran, 49 and four unemployed men namely R Dinishwaran (28), AK Thinesh Kumar (27), M Vishwanath (30) and S Nimalan (27).
High Court Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah said that all accused had the motive to jointly murder Kevin Morais in September 2015.
While reading out his verdict, Azman said that the prosecution had also successfully proved that all accused had the same intention of murdering Kevin Morais and the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts.
“After examining all exhibits including documents, CCTV, location of crime, sworn prosecution and defence witnesses, with this, the court finds the six accused guilty for having the intention to jointly murder the late Kevin Morais and the court sentence them to death by hanging,” he said.
A smile could be seen on the face of Datuk Richard Morais, the brother of the late victim when the verdict was delivered. He was seen to be overwhelmed by emotion while expressing his gratitude & recited a prayer over the long awaited justice.
All six accused were charged for committing the offence when Kevin Morais was on his way from Jalan Dutamas Raya to 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7.00am and 8.00pm in September 2015.
They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code, which provides a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
All suspects were ordered to enter their defence on 20 November 2017 after the prosecution managed to establish prima facie to the case.
The prosecution team was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin and Saiful Edris Zainuddin.
Meanwhile, the defence was led by Datuk N Sivananthan representing Dr Kunaseegaran and Datuk Sheelan Arjunan representing the other five accused.
The trial which began on 6 April 2016 had called upon 70 prosecution witnesses and 14 defence witnesses. –MalaysiaGazette