SHAH ALAM, July 13 (Bernama) -- A witness told the High Court hearing
the murders of cosmetic millionairess Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three
others that the police from the Selangor Special Investigation Unit,
serious crime branch (D9), arrested six individuals, including three of
the four accused in the case, at three locations.
Supt Denis Leong Sung Kuai, 49, the staff officer at the unit, said he
and his team arrested R.Thilaiyalagan, R.Matan, R. Khataravarayan and U.
Suresh at a farm at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjong Layang, Tanjung Sepat,
Banting, about 3pm on Sept 9, 2010.
Thilaiyagan, Matan and Khatavarayan, together with a former lawyer,
N.Pathmanabhan, are the accused in the murders of Sosilawati, 47, bank
officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, and
Sosilawati's driver, Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44.
The are charged with committing the murders at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjong
Layang, Tanjung Sepat between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the death sentence upon conviction.
Suresh, a farm worker, had been sentenced to 20 years' jail by the
High Court here for disposing off evidence in the murder case.
Leong said that when the arrests were made, his team also seized two handphones and a sim card from Khataravarayan.
"When the arrests were made at the farm, there were four women, from
Indonesia, the Philippines and India, besides an Indian man and four
"The Indonesian woman and the Filipina were arrested by Chief Inspector
Lasappie Lamidi for an immigration offence," he said during
examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusoff.
Leong, who is the 27th prosecution witness, said when his team, and
also a team from Bukit Aman which was led by ASP Azizan, arrived at the
farm, they found the front gate closed.
"We saw many dogs, between eight to 10 of them. We shouted after
seeing someone there and the fourth accused (Khatavarayan) came and
opened the automatic gate after all the dogs were in the kennel," he
Leong said the four men were taken to Kuala Langat police station in Banting before they were handed over to Lasappie.
He said the second arrest was on a school van driver, V. Selvapandian,
46, who was alleged to have received a Longines watch from Suresh, at
his house in Sungai Buloh, about 11pm on Sept 11, 2010.
Selvapandian was then handed over to investigating officer Asp Ishak Yaakob for further action, he added.
Selvapandian, the 12th prosecution witness, had testified that his
nephew, Khatavarayan had asked Suresh to give him a watch in Aug 2010.
The Longiness watch had been identified by Noorhisham's wife, Suzana Radin Pangat, as that of her husband.
Leong said Sarawanan was arrested on Sept 12, 2010, at his house in Banting, where a Nokia handphone was seized from him.
Sarawanan, a farm worker, had also been sentenced to 20 years' jail for disposing off evidence in the murder case.
The hearing before judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir continues tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a delegation from the court, comprising Akhtar, the
prosecution and defence teams, visited Ladang Gadong, where the murders
were believed to have been committed, today.
Also in the tour were representatives from the media.
The delegation, who went in 17 vehicles, arrived at the farm about
4.10pm. and were shown the various locations at the farm by the police
before leaving about 20 minutes later.