DPP: Testimony of accused unreliable

SHAH ALAM: The evidence of four men accused in the murders of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three companions is unreliable and must be rejected, the High Court was told.

DPP Saiful Edris Zainuddin said the evidence of accused R. Kathavarayan conflicted with that of one of his co-accused, especially on the alleged involvement with the murders.

On Jan 15, Kathavarayan testified that he saw Sosilawati leaving a restaurant in Tanjung Sepat nine days after she was allegedly murdered at a farm in Banting.

Kathavarayan together with N. Pathma­nabhan, T. Thilaiyalagan and R. Matan are charged with murdering Sosilawati, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.

Saiful said when an accused person turned against his co-accused in his evidence, this would only lead to disastrous results for both.

“As a result, the question will be whether the defence’s story is true? And has it raised a reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case?

“We submit that all the evidence by the four accused is unreliable and any evidence inconsistent with the prosecution’s case is not safe to rely on and should be rejected,” he said when submitting at the end of the defence case yesterday.

DPP Saiful said the court must revisit the evidence of similar occurrences as presented by the prosecution through the testimonies of two witnesses.

In an earlier proceeding, housewife Samson Nahar Mohamed Dali testified that her husband Shafiq Abdullah went to Banting to see Pathmanabhan on a business matter but never returned.

Similarly, Indian national S. Usharani testified that her businessman husband A. Muthuraja came to Malaysia to meet Pathmanabhan and she had never heard from him since.

“It is our humble submission that there is resemblance in facts where all of them met with Pathmanabhan at Ladang Gadong and went missing after that.

“Until today no news has been heard on Shafiq, Muthuraja, Sosilawati, Kamil, Kamaruddin and Noorhisham,” DPP Saiful said.

He added that the disappearance of Sosilawati and her aides was not a mere coincidence but had everything to do with the four accused in the case.

The hearing continues on May 21 before Justice Akhtar Tahir.

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