KUALA LUMPUR: One of the accused persons in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais today insisted he had nothing to do with the victim’s disappearance.
S Ravi Chandaran, 47, however, admitted to the High Court that he was responsible for removing the chassis number and engine number of the victim’s car on the day the victim was reported missing and that he was also responsible for not telling what he knew to the police.
“I am not saying that I had nothing to do with the case. It’s just that I had nothing to do with Morais’s disappearance.
“Yes, I was responsible for the cannibalising (removing the chassis and engine numbers) of his car, but I did not set it on fire. I just stood there and watched.
“I am responsible for not saying anything about it,” he said during the examination-in-chief by lawyer V Rajehgopal in the 20th day of the defence proceedings here today.
In reply to Rajehgopal’s question, Ravi said he last saw Morais on Sept 4, 2015 when the 4WD vehicle driven by his nephew, S Nimalan, who is another accused, crashed into the victim’s Proton Perdana V6 on Jalan Dutamas, not far from the victim’s condominium.
He said he never saw Morais again after the accident and only learned about the victim from the news on television.
When asked whether he had helped in the disposal of Morais’s body or had seen the body after the accident on Sept 4, Ravi said: “Questions asked by the lawyer have nothing to do with me.”
R Dinishwaran, AK Thinesh Kumar, M Vishwanath, Nimalan, Ravi, and army doctor Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Morais during the journey from Jalan Dutamas 1, Sentul, to No.1 Jalan USJ 1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015.
Dinishwaran, 26, Thinesh Kumar, 25, Vishwanath; 28, Nimalan, 25, and Ravi are represented by Rajehgopal, while Kunaseegaran, 55, is represented by lawyer N Sivananthan.
The prosecution was led by deputy public prosecutor Saiful Edris Zainuddin.
The trial before Judge Azman Abdullah continues on Aug 27.