Kevin Morais Murder: Pathologist, Five men File Appeal on Their Death Sentences

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Pathologist Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran and five men are appealing against their conviction and death sentence for murdering deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais, whose body was found in a barrel filled with concrete five years ago.

The six appellants filed a notice of appeal through their lawyers at the Criminal High Court Registry in Kuala Lumpur today.

They are Kunaseegaran, 57, money lender S Ravi Chandaran, 49, and four unemployed R Dinishwaran, 28; AK Thinesh Kumar, 27; M Vishwanath, 30; and S Nimalan, 27.

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Lawyer N Sivananthan represented Kunaseegaran while Sheelan Arjunan appeared for the five.

Based on the notice, they filed the appeal to the Court of Appeal after being dissatisfied with their conviction and death sentence imposed by High Court judge Azman Abdullah on July 10.

Sivananthan said the notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal on behalf of Kunaseegaran was filed in the High Court today and after the defence received the records of appeal, they will file the petition of appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Justice Azman found them guilty on the murder charge and held that all the six men had common intention to kill Morais, 55.

They were charged with murdering Morais somewhere along Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and No 1, Jalan USJ 1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same law, which provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Morais was reported missing on Sept 4, 2015 and was last seen leaving his condominium at Menara Duta in Kuala Lumpur in his Proton Perdana, with the registration number WA6264Q, to go to his office at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya.

A closed-circuit television camera footage showed that Morais was grabbed by several men when he came out of his car to inspect the damage following a fender bender along Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and taken to No 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya, the same day.

On Sept 5, a Proton Perdana (rebadged as Honda Accord) was found burnt at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Sungai Samak, Hutan Melintang Perak, which was the same car that was driven by Morais that was reported missing.

Morais’ body was found in the concrete-filled drum at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya, on Sept 16, 2015.

Earlier report: Jul 10, Pathologist, 5 Others Sentenced to Death for Murdering Kevin Morais