Cops say Morais was tailed before the crash that led to his abduction took place.
In the Kevin Morais murder trial, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur was told today that three of the accused were detected to be near his residence before the car he was travelling in was involved in an accident with a Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck.
According to Inspector Ahmad Zikri Zalik, 30, from the Sentul district police headquarters, S Ravi Chandaran, M Vishwanath and S Nimalan were in the neighbourhood of Kondominium Menara Duta 2, about a kilometre away from the location of the accident, which happened between 7.30am and 8am on Sep 4, 2015.
The presence of the three accused was detected by a telecommunication tower on the roof of Kondominium Menara Duta 2 through telephone calls made by them between 6.46am and 8.05am on that day.
Ahmad Zikri, who was the 68th prosecution witness, said the crash involving Morais’ car and the Mistsubishi Triton occurred after the deputy public prosecutor left his house at Kondominium Menara Duta 1 and was recorded by a closed circuit television camera at Kondominium Suria, about 300 metres away.
“The CCTV recording showed a car in which the victim was travelling in being tailed by a Mitsubishi Triton at a close distance before the crash occurred,” the inspector said.
He said the CCTV recording also showed the Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck crashing into the Proton Perdana car in which Morais was travelling in and then people getting out from both the vehicles.
However, he could not identify the individuals in the CCTV footage which was screened in court today as the image was not clear.
Ahmad Zikri, who was an investigating officer in the case, said the case was initially classified as a “Missing Person” case before another investigating officer took over the case and classified it under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Ravi Chandaran, Vishwanath and Nimalan are among five men who pleaded not guilty and claimed trial to a charge of murdering Morais along Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul to 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7 am and 8pm on Sep 2015.
The other two are R Dinishwaran, 25, and AK Thinesh Kumar, 24.
Dr Kunaseegaran, 54, who is the first accused, claimed trial to abetting the five men in committing the offence at the same place, date and time.
The hearing continues on Sep 4.
Earlier in the week, the 62nd witness told the court that the drum containing the remains of Morais found dumped in a swamp in USJ1, Subang Jaya, had to be cut twice with a power saw to be opened.
According to the fireman, the drum was in a deplorable condition and was reddish in colour. While cutting upon the drum, he said he small stones, jute and foul smelling water.