The seventh accused in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais made a shocking statement at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, saying his defence testimony might be his last as he could be dead after this.
S Ravi Chandaran, 47, made the remarks after taking his oath before judge Azman Abdullah to testify as the sixth and last defence witness in the trial.
“I want to tell Your Honour that I don’t know whether I will still be alive after giving this testimony. It might be my last,” he said in Tamil, translated by a court interpreter.
Azman told Ravi Chandaran to proceed with his testimony after telling him to inform his lawyer about the problems he might face.
Ravi Chandaran complied and proceeded to testify.
Replying to a question by lawyer V Rajehgopal during examination-in-chief, Ravi Chandaran said he had gone to a condominium in Jalan Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, on September 3, 2015, to accompany a friend, G Gunasekaran, also known as “Jay”.
He said he has known Gunasekaran for 23 years.
He said his friend told him that a “client” at the condominium had borrowed money, and he wanted to collect the debt.
“I asked Jay, ‘Why so early?’, as it was 6am. He said the client would leave the condominium early in the morning,” said Ravi Chandran, adding that he had the conversation at Restoran Syed Bistro in Petaling Jaya.
He said there were four other men at the restaurant – his nephew S Nimalan, R Dinishwaran, AK Thinesh Kumar and M Vishwanath.
All of them are accused in the case.
Ravi Chandaran said all six men then left for the condominium, with him in a Proton Perdana V6 driven by Gunasekaran. Nimalan, Dinishwaran, Thinesh Kumar and Vishwanath were in a Mitsubishi Triton.
“We arrived at the entrance at 7am and waited for the client in our cars.
“I spoke with Jay and asked him (if he) is wealthy enough to lend his money to someone who lived in this condominium.
“I also asked him how much the ‘client’ owed him money…but he (Jay) refused to answer my questions,” he said.
He said they waited in the car for 15 to 20 minutes, and when the borrower did not appear, he and Jay left.
Saifullizan TamadiAsked by Rajehgopal whether he was referring to Kondominium Menara Duta, which was where Kevin Morais lived, and visited by Azman, and the prosecution and defence teams, including the accused, on April 17, Ravi Chandran said, “Yes”.
Dinishwaran, Thinesh Kumar, Vishwanath, Nimalan, Ravi Chandaran and Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran have pleaded not guilty to murdering Kevin Morais, 55, on September 4, 2015.
They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, and face the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Dinishwaran, Thinesh Kumar, Vishwanath, Nimalan and Ravi Chandaran were represented by Rajehgopal, while Dr Kunaseegaran was represented by lawyer N Sivananthan.
The prosecution was led by DPP Saiful Edris Zainuddin.
The hearing continues tomorrow.