Published: Thursday March 21, 2013 MYT 11:48:00 PM
Updated: Thursday March 21, 2013 MYT 11:50:21 PM
Banting murders trial: Lawyer did not know client would plead guilty
SHAH ALAM: A lawyer denied knowing his client would be charged for disposing evidence related to the murder case of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three aides.
Roslie Sulle, 36, who represented K. Sarawanan in 2010, said he did not know his client would plead guilty to the charges under Section 201 of the Penal Code.
(On Oct 15, 2010, Sarawanan, 22, and another man U. Suresh, 30, pleaded guilty to disposing the evidence in the murders of Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, CIMB bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad,38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32 at Lot No 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting on Aug 30, 2010.)
The witness, who ceased practice early this year, however, admitted that he prepared a mitigation for a guilty plea for Sarawanan a day before the accused was brought before the magistrate in Banting.
“I had a discussion with (co-counsel) M. Puravalen on the possibility of our clients being charged. (In our opinion) They were most likely to be charged under Section 201 or Section 302 of the Penal Code.
“We only did preparation. If they want to plead guilty, we would use this (mitigation). If they don't, we would not proceed,” he said.
Roslie said he prepared the mitigation for Sarawanan while another co-counsel Muhammad Naguib Abdul Malik prepared for Suresh.
To another question by lawyer Manjeet Singh Dhillon, Roslie said he prepared a standard mitigation for all his clients.
The witness disagreed to suggestion that he was earlier informed by the police that his client would be brought to court on Oct 15, 2010, when he took up the case.
Manjeet: I put it to you, you issued a bill dated Oct 13, 2010 for a RM500 payment for you to appear in court on Oct 15, 2010.
Roslie: I don't know.
Manjeet pointed out a bill was made by Roslie Sulle & Co to one Muniamah (Suresh's mother) citing payment of RM500 for court appearance on Oct 15,2010.
“What I remember is their remand expired on Oct 15, 2010 but I don't know whether they will be charged. But I promised I would appear whether they are charged or not,” he said.
Manjeet then suggested that Roslie had cheated his client as he issued them a bill before his court appearance, to which Roslie did not reply.
Sarawanan and Suresh are currently serving a total of 28 years jail each in Sungai Udang prison, Melaka.
Sarawanan admitted to burning the bodies while Suresh threw the ashes into Sungai Panchau in Jalan Morib the next day (Aug 31, 2010).
Four men N. Pathmanabhan, T. Thilayalagan, R. Matan and R. Kathavarayan have claimed trial to murdering Sosilawati and her companions.
They allegedly committed the offences at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang,Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
The hearing continues before High Court judge Justice Akhtar Tahir.