The murder trial of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais was postponed when the seventh accused in the case refused to testify.
S. Ravi Chandaran, 47, who is the sixth and last defence witness, was supposed to continue with his testimony today, but declined to do so after taking his oath.
“I cannot testify because my mind is not stable due to not enough sleep and I was also not given food last night.
“After returning from court yesterday, I was isolated in a closed cell with five foreign nationals. I could not sleep the whole night because they were talking and did not sleep,” he said in Tamil, which was then translated by a court interpreter.
Ravi Chandaran added that he wants to stay in his previous cell block together with the other accused in the case.
Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah, who presided the case, then called for a representative from the Sungai Buloh Prison to confirm the matter, but no prison officer was present.
“I cannot say anything because it’s not under my privilege. It is under the jurisdiction of the Prisons Department. Perhaps, he was placed separately because of his statement yesterday that his life was in danger.
“I request lawyer V Rajehgopal (who represented Ravi Chandaran) to continue with the examination-in-chief,” said Azman.
However, the proceeding, which entered its 16th day today, could not be continued as Ravi Chandaran refused to respond to the lawyer’s question and kept saying that his mind was unstable.
Earlier, Rajehgopal told the court that Ravi Chandaran’s family told him the accused was under pressure and stressed.
Yesterday, Ravi Chandaran shocked the High Court when he told the court that his defence testimony for the day might be his last as he could be dead after that.
The hearing continues tomorrow.