KUALA LUMPUR: Two of the seven men charged with alleged involvement in the murder of Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais have been offered one alternative charge each by the prosecution.
College student S. Nimalan was offered a charge under Section 201 of the Penal Code with assisting to hide Morais’ body and destroying a vehicle bearing plate number WA 6264 Q with intention to protect six other co-accused from prosecution.
The offence was said to have committed between Jalan Dutamas 1 here and the oil palm plantation in Kampung Sungai Samak, Hutan Melintang, Hilir Perak, between 7am on Sept 4 and 2am on Sept 5 last year.
Unemployed A.K. Thinesh Kumar was offered a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304(a) of the Code.
He allegedly committed the offence during the journey from Jalan Dutamas 1 here to No. 20, Desa Mentari in Petaling Jaya between 7am on Sept 4 and 11.30am on Sept 5 last year.
Nimalan and Thinesh, both 22, pleaded not guilty to the alternative charges.
High Court judge Justice Azman Abdullah said the first day of trial, which was fixed on April 6, remained.
When met by media after the court proceedings Monday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa said the alternative charges that were offered to Nimalan and Thinesh were based on the facts and their role in the case.
On Jan 27 this year, army pathologist Col Dr K. Kunaseegaran, 52, was charged in the High Court with abetting in the murder of Kevin, 55, under section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with section 302 of the same Code.
Six people - G. Gunasegaran, 47, R. Dinishwaran, 23, Thinesh, M. Vishwanath, 25, Nimalan and debt collector S. Ravi Chandaran, 44 - were jointly charged with the murder of Morais between 7am and 8pm from Jalan Dutamas Raya to Jalan USJ 1/6D on Sept 4 last year.
They faced the mandatory death penalty, if convicted under section 302 of the Penal Code.
Morais went missing on Sept 4 after leaving his residence in Menara Duta for work in Putrajaya in a grey Proton Perdana.
His body was discovered cemented in an oil drum on Sept 16, which was dumped into a swampy area in Subang Jaya near here.