Lawyer told me to plead guilty to Morais murder, court told

N Sivananthan, lawyer for army doctor R. Kunaseegaran who is accused of murdering Kevin Morais.

KUALA LUMPUR: One of the accused in the murder of deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais told the High Court today that the defence lawyer of the first accused Dr R. Kunaseegaran had asked him to plead guilty to the charge.

S. Ravi Chandaran, 47, who is the sixth defence witness, said in return, the lawyer, N. Sivananthan, promised to defend and free him of the charge at the Court of Appeal.

“Datuk Sivananthan asked me to plead guilty (to the charge) under Section 302 of the Penal Code. (After that) he will defend and get me out of prison,” he said when cross-examined by lawyer Jasmine Cheong Chi May, who is also representing Kunaseegaran in the trial, now in its 23rd day.

To a question by Cheong whether he knew that an accused charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code is not allowed to plead guilty, Ravi Chandaran said he did not know about it.

Prior to this, Ravi Chandaran told the court that he was offered RM1.5 million by Kunaseegaran to plead guilty to Morais’ murder.

He had also said that the doctor would appoint another lawyer to represent him (Ravi Chandaran) during his appeal at the Court of Appeal.

R. Dinishwaran, A.K Thinesh Kumar, M. Vishwanath, S. Nimalan, Ravi Chandaran and Kunaseegaran had claimed trial to the murder of Kevin 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.

They are charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Dinishwaran, Thinesh Kumar, Vishwanath, Nimalan and Ravi Chandaran are represented by Rajehgopal.

The prosecution is led by deputy public prosecutor Saiful Edris Zainuddin.

The hearing before judge Azman Abdullah continues tomorrow.