SHAH ALAM, July 4 (Bernama) -- The prosecution in the murder trial of
cosmetic millionairess Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others will
submit evidence to prove that N.Pathmanabhan and his three workers
committed the murders.
Deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusoff, in his opening speech, said
the evidence was based on the findings of the victims' DNA on the
exhibits that had been tendered, like cricket bat and the zinc sheets
used for burning the victims' bodies.
Pathmanabhan, a former lawyer, and three plantation workers, T.
Thilaiyagan, R. Matan and R. Khatavarayan, pleaded not guilty to
murdering Sosilawati, 47, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, lawyer
Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, and Sosilawati's driver, Kamaruddin
They are alleged to have committed the murders at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, on Aug 30 last year.
The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
The victims were first reported missing on Aug 30 after informing their
families that they were going to Banting over a land deal.
Ishak told judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir that the prosecution would be
calling two plantation workers, U.Suresh and T.Sarawanan, to tell the
court how the murders were planned and executed.
Suresh and Sarawanan are now undergoing a 20-year jail sentence, handed
down by the High Court early this year, for disposing the bodies of the
"The witnesses will also confirmed that Sosilawati had business
dealings in Penang with the first accused (Pathmanabhan), who handled
the land sale from Southern Symphony to Ample Quality where RM2.9
million, which was 10 per cent of the land price of RM29 million, had
been paid," added Ishak.
Ishak, who is leading the prosecution team, said he would also called
witnesses at the scene who saw the bonfire from their homes, as well as
witnesses who would confirm the exhibits, like watches and mobile
phones, belonged to the murdered victims.
He said that Sosilawati's ex-husband, Buhari Mohamed, contacted
Pathmanabhan to ask whether his former wife had met him (Pathmanabhan)
on Aug 30, 2010, to which Pathmanaban said that Sosilawati did contact
him on that day, but that he was not free and asked Sosilawati to see
him on Sept 2, 2010.
He said Sosilawati's daughter, Erni Erinawati Sofia Buhari, lodged a
police report on her mother's disappearance at the Dang Wangi police
station on Aug 31, 2010 and again 0n Sept 2, 2010, after suspecting that
her mother had been threatened, abducted and confined by the
Ishak said that on Sept 3, 2010, Ahmad Kamil's wife, Sabrina Adnan,
lodged a a report on her husband's disappearance at the Brickfields
police station, while Noorhisham's wife, Suzana Radin Pangit, did so on
the same day at the Dang Wangi police station.
"Kamaruddin's sister, Zaidah Shamsuddin, also lodged a report at the
Kuantan police station in Pahang on Sept 6, 2010, on her brother's
disappearance," he added.
Ishak said a sales assistant would also be called to testify that
Sosilawati and a man went to her shop on Aug 30, 2010 and bought Raya
cookies, worth more than RM200, before leaving in a black BMW X5 at
Besides Ishak, others in the prosecution team are deputy public prosecutors Saiful Edris Zainuddin and Idham Abd Ghani.
Pathmanabhan is represented by lawyers Manjeet Singh Dhillon and Pushpa
Ratnam, Thilaiyalagan by lawyer Gurbachan Singh, Matan by lawyer Amer
Hamzah Arshad and Kathavarayan by lawyers Ravi Nekoo and Datuk Ng See
Meanwhile, for police photographers testified during the first day of
trial where 618 photographs which they took at several locations ,
including at the crime scene and at Sungai Panchau, Jalan Morib,
Banting, were tendered as exhibits.
The photographers are Detective Corporal Mokhtar Hussain, from the
Selangor forensic unit; Lance Corporal Abdul Aziz Ahmad and Detective
Sergeant Mhd Rasdi Mhd Safien, both from the Kuala Langat district
police, and Detective Corporal K.Velamal, from the Bukit Aman Criminal
The hearing continues tomorrow.