KUALA LUMPUR: It took six policemen to lift the oil drum containing the body of former deputy public prosecutor Datuk Kevin Anthony Morais to the surface of a swamp in Subang Jaya, said a Bukit Aman officer.
Even then, they had to tie the barrel to the back of the police vehicle and pull it before it would come out of the swamp completely.
Asst Supt Badrul Hisyam Abd Hamid, who is with Bukit Aman’s Special Task Force on Organised Crime, said this at the High Court yesterday when he testified as the prosecution’s 31st witness in the murder of Morais.
ASP Badrul Hisyam, 34, said that one of the accused – S. Nimalan – led to the police to the swamp on Sept 16.
He said he accompanied Nimalan with a policeman and a driver in one car while a police forensic team including police divers, and Fire and Rescue Services Department firemen followed in their vehicles to the scene.
“Upon reaching the area at about 7am, which was about 10 minutes’ drive from the Subang Jaya police headquarters, Nimalan pointed out where the body was dumped.
“He (Nimalan) told me, ‘This is the place’,” he said during his examination-in-chief by DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin.
ASP Badrul Hisyam said there were no houses or passersby near the swamp that was about one metre deep and added that the oil drum was at the bottom of the swamp and was so heavy, it took six policemen from the forensic team to bring the drum just to the surface.
He said that after firemen cut into the drum, he could see gravel and cement, some which had hardened and some still wet come, out of the drum.
“When the firemen cut the drum in the middle, I saw human teeth and a gunny sack,” he said.
ASP Badrul also testified that when he arrived in Sungai Petani on Sept 15 last year as assigned, he received a call from his superior telling him to go to the Kuala Muda district police headquarters as an arrest had been made there.
As soon as he reached there, ASP Badrul Hisyam said he interrogated Nimalan for two hours. During the interview, he said Nimalan told him that he had rammed Morais' car with his Mitsubishi Triton.
ASP Badrul Hisyam added that they later proceeded to Kulim where police found Nimalan’s vehicle and seized it.
ASP Badrul Hisyam was testifying at the trial of G. Gunasekaran, 48, R. Dinishwaran, 24, A.K. Thinesh Kumar, 26, M. Vishwanath, 26, Nimalan, 23, and S. Ravi Chandaran, 45, who have been charged with the murder of Morais between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4 last year between Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and No 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya.
Army pathologist Kol Dr R. Kunaseegaran, 53, is charged with abetting the six in the murder.