Published: Tuesday March 19, 2013 MYT 5:48:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday March 19, 2013 MYT 5:52:03 PM
Banting murders: Conflicting testimony about presence of accused at court complex
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: The High Court here was told that an accused in the murder trial of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya (pic) and her three aides was present at the court complex on Jan 7.
Court interpreter Tharini Babalji, 23, said in a written testimony to the court that accused R. Kathavarayan was at the remand room on the third floor of Shah Alam Court Complex that day.
(It was earlier testified by Sungai Buloh prison director on March 12 that there was no record of Kathavarayan leaving the prison on Jan 7.
Prison's deputy commissioner Narander Singh said based on the prison record, Kathavarayan was at a clinic that day.)
Tharini said that at about 10am on Jan 7, a magistrate told her to head to the remand room because a Tamil interpreter was needed there to do a translation.
"I was not told who needed the interpretation," she said in the statement. Tharini said when she arrived at the room, Kathavarayan and his lawyer Hasshahari Johari Mawi were there.
"I recognised Kathavarayan as one of the accused in an ongoing trial," she said.
Tharini proceeded to translate a 10-paged statutory declaration given to her by Hasshahari for Kathavarayan to sign.
"Kathavarayan signed the declaration. I signed it as well, so did a commissioner of oath who was present," she said.
Kathavarayan, together with N. Pathmanabhan, T. Thilaiyalagan and R. Matan, is accused of murdering Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abd Karim, 32, and bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
The hearing continues on Wednesday.
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