Kevin Morais murder trial postponed when witness refuses to testify


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Jul 2018

KUALA LUMPUR( Bernama) :The murder trial of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais was postponed when the seventh person accused of his murder refused to testify.

"I cannot testify because my mind is not stable due to not enough sleep, and I was not given food last night." said 47-year-old S. Ravi Chandaran when testimony resumed on Thursday (July 26).

He added that he was isolated in a closed cell with five foreign nationals after returning from court on Wednesday (July 25).

"I could not sleep the whole night because they were talking and did not sleep," he said in Tamil, which was then translated by a court interpreter.

Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah then called for a representative from the Sungai Buloh Prison to confirm the matter,  but no prison officer was present.

"I cannot say anything because it's not under my privilege. It is under the jurisdiction of the Prisons Department. Perhaps he was placed separately because of his statement yesterday that his life was in danger," said Azman.

He then directed for Ravi Chandaran's lawyer V. Rajehgopal to continue with Ravi Chandaran's examination-in-chief.

Ravi Chandaran was supposed to continue with his testimony on Thursday, but declined to do so after taking his oath.

However, Ravi Chandaran refused to respond to the lawyer's question and kept saying that his mind was unstable.

Dinishwaran, Thinesh Kumar, Vishwanath, Nimalan, Ravi Chan­daran, and army doctor Kol Dr R. Kunaseegaran, 55, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Morais, 55, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015, while the deputy public prosecutor was on his way from Jalan Dutamas 1 to Subang Jaya.

The hearing continues on Friday - Bernama.

 

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