Prison officers pressured me to admit to DPP’s murder, says accused

Deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais was abducted and killed in 2015. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: One of the men accused of killing deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais told the High Court here that he and five others charged with the crime were threatened to get them to admit to the murder.

S Nimalan, 25, claimed that the threat was made by several prison officers on April 10 at the Sungai Buloh prison, as soon as he returned from attending the trial at the High Court.

“On April 10, I returned from attending the trial and three prison officers told me to go to the toilet. While in the toilet, one of them approached me and said that he had met with S Ravi Chandran (one of those accused) on several occasions to ask Ravi Chandran to confess.

“The officer said he had discussed the money to be received by all of us if we confessed,” he said during the examination-in-chief by counsel V Rajehgopal on the 13th day of the defence proceedings, today.

The fifth defence witness said he lodged a police report on the matter on April 17, after Ravi Chandran, who was his uncle, told him to do so.

Asked by Rajehgopal if he was involved in the murder case, Nimalan replied: “I did not commit the offence, Your Honour.”

R Dinishwaran, AK Thinesh Kumar, M Vishwanath, Nimalan, Ravi Chandaran, and army doctor Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran pleaded not guilty to the murder of Morais, who was travelling from Jalan Dutamas 1, Sentul, to No 1 Jalan USJ 1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015.

The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code, carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The trial before justice Azman Abdullah continues tomorrow.