Thursday January 17, 2013
I did not kill anyone, murder accused tells court
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: The fourth accused in the murder trial of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three aides maintained that he did not kill anyone on the night of the murders.
R. Kathavarayan, 33, who was cross-examined by lawyer Manjeet Singh Dhillon at the High Court, agreed with the suggestion that the murder charge against him was wrong, unjust and unfair.
On Tuesday, Kathavarayan made a startling claim that he saw Sosilawati walking out of a restaurant in Tanjung Sepat on Sept 7, 2010, nine days after the alleged murders.
(Kathavarayan testified that on the evening of that day, he sent first accused N. Pathmanabhan to the restaurant and saw him having dinner and chatting with a group of people. He later saw the group walking out of the restaurant and heading towards their cars.)
The accused reiterated his testimony yesterday when Manjeet, who represented Pathmanabhan, queried him on the sighting.
Manjeet: Did you identify that woman (Sosilawati) in the group as the woman you saw in the photograph (exhibit)?
Manjeet: When Pathmanabhan got into your car, you reconfirmed the identity of the woman who was at the restaurant with him.
Kathavarayan: I was not sure (if that was the same woman) so I asked him.
Manjeet: So you reconfirmed the fact.
Kathavarayan also said he made three trips to the town of Banting from Ladang Gadong on Aug 31 and saw a fire at the farm between the second and the third trips.
The accused also disagreed with suggestions that he was a police informer.
He said he had given a truthful testimony but agreed that he did not disclose everything to the police.
Kathavarayan together with Pathmanabhan, 44, T. Thilaiyalagan, 22, and R. Matan, 23, are accused of murdering Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
The hearing continues before Justice Akhtar Tahir.