KUALA LUMPUR – After almost five years, the High Court will be delivering the verdict on the high profile murder case of Deputy Public Prosecutor, Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais which shook the country today.
The verdict will determine if the six accused charged for committing the gruesome murder on 4 September 2015 would be released or sentenced guilty.
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).
Upon conviction according to Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code, they could be sentenced to a mandatory death sentence.
On 11 June, Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah had fixed today, 10 July to deliver the verdict after listening to the argument of the counsel to all six accused of the case and the prosecution team during the final defence trial.
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.
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.
During the beginning of the trial on 28 September 2015, seven accused including Kunaseegaran were brought to the Magistrate court over the murder and abetting the murder of Kevin Morais.
However, the second accused, G Gunasekaran was released from the charge of murdering the late Kevin Morais after he pleaded guilty before the Sessions Court.
Gunasekaran pleaded that he hid the body and disposed the vehicle of Kevin Morais. He was sentenced to two years of jail.
He was also called to give statement as the 54th prosecution witness during the 39th day of the murder trial.
Besides that, the 37th prosecution witness, a tailor was sentenced to four years of jail by the Magistrate Court after he was found guilty of giving false testimony at the court when he became the witness on 27 September 2016.
Among the interesting chronology throughout the disappearance of Kevin Morais before he was found dead with his body tragically buried in a barrel drum with cement on 16 September 2015 include:
On 4 September 2015: Kevin Morais left his residence at Duta Tower Condominium, Jalan Dutamas at around 9.00 am and headed towards the Attorney-General’s Chamber in Putrajaya. He was found to be absent for work after his house mate, Davveen tried to contact him numerous times.
A day after the incident, the Hutan Melintang Police Station received a report on a torched car at the Oil Palm Plantation in Kampung Sungai Samak, Hutan Melintang, Perak. The chassis of the car is believed to be Proton Perdana, Honda Accord version, just like the vehicle owned by the late Kevin Morais.
The victim’s brother, Datuk Richard Dilaan Morais lodged a police report at the Jinjang Police Station on 5.04 pm.
On 6 September, the police classified the disappearance of Kevin Morais as missing person. A special investigation team was set-up and led by the Chief of Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department, Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad.
On 9 September, the police verified that Kevin Morais was abducted after an inspection on the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage and the case was then investigated under Section 365 of the Penal Code for kidnap.
On 14 September 2015, Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar verified that Kevin Morais was abducted by five men in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar based on the CCTV footage obtained by the police.
According to the police, the Deputy Public Prosecutor was seen to be pulled into the suspect’s car and his own car was also driven away by the suspect.
On 16 September, the mystery of the disappearance of Kevin Morais was finally uncovered after a team of Special Task Force on Organised Crime (STAFOC) inspected a location in Taman Subang Mewah, USJ1 and found a barrel in the bushes.
At around 10.00am on the same day, the police verified that the body found in the barrel filled with concrete was Kevin Morais. –MalaysiaGazette