Wit­ness: I was asked to lift ce­ment-filled drum

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KUALA LUMPUR: A prose­cu­tion wit­ness yes­ter­day told the High Court that he was asked to lift a ce­ment-filled drum, us­ing a fork­lift, and place it in a four-wheel drive.

Me­chanic-cum-work­shop owner Mo­hamad Fird­hauz Abu Samah, 31, said he was ap­proached by a young In­dian man at his work­shop in USJ 1 in Subang Jaya on Sept 15, 2015, to bor­row a fork­lift for lift­ing a heavy item.

“I told him that he could not bor­row the fork­lift, but could hire it for RM50 per trip. I was then asked to help move a ce­ment­filled drum that was in a shop some 150 me­tres from my work­shop, onto a four­wheel ve­hi­cle,” he said.

Fird­hauz was tes­ti­fy­ing dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tion-in-chief by deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Sai­ful Edris Zain­ud­din at the mur­der trial of deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor An­thony Kevin Mo­rais.

“There were three men in the shop, and I recog­nised the young In­dian man who hired me. I was also told that the drum was heavy be­cause it was filled with ce­ment.”

The court ear­lier heard that Mo­rais' body was placed in a drum which was filled with ce­ment.

The 57th prose­cu­tion wit­ness also tes­ti­fied that while the younger man had hired him, it was the older In­dian man who paid him the RM50.

Fird­hauz iden­ti­fied the young and older In­dian men as S. Ni­malan, 24, and S. Ravichan­dran, 46, re­spec­tively.

Six men have been charged with the mur­der and for abet­ting the mur­der of Mo­rais.

Five men — R. Din­ish­waran, 25; A. Thi­nesh Ku­mar, 24; M. Vish­wanath, 26; Ni­malan and Ravichan­daran — are jointly charged with mur­der­ing Mo­rais, 55, be­tween 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015, while Mo­rais was on his way from Jalan Du­ta­mas Raya Sen­tul to No. 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya.

They face the manda­tory death sen­tence if con­victed.

Mean­while, pathol­o­gist Dr R. Ku­nasee­garan, 54, was charged with abet­ting the mur­der of Mo­rais un­der Sec­tion 34 of the Pe­nal Code, read to­gether with Sec­tion 302 of the same act.

The men are rep­re­sented by rep­re­sented by coun­sels Datuk N. Si­vanan­than, Datuk Geethan Ram Vin­cent, M. Manoha­ran and V. Ra­je­hgopal, while Datuk Simon Saba­p­a­thy is hold­ing a watch­ing brief for Datuk Richard Mo­rais.

The prose­cu­tion, com­pris­ing deputy pub­lic prose­cu­tors Wan Sha­harud­din Wan Ladin, Sai­ful Hazmi Mohd Saad, Iz­zat Fauzan and Nur­faida Mohd Rashidee, is led by Sai­ful Edris.

Later, dur­ing cross ex­am­i­na­tion by coun­sel Geethan, Fird­hauz ad­mit­ted that he had lied un­der oath when he said that he saw two men in the shop in­stead of three.

“Ear­lier you had said there were three peo­ple there and now two, so you are lying in court. You took an oath in court?”

To both these ques­tions, Fird­hauz an­swered, “Yes”.

Geethan then told him: “I sug­gest you tell the truth.”

Hear­ing be­fore Judge Datuk Paduka Az­man Abdullah con­tin­ues.

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