I sold old drum to accused, witness tells court

KUALA LUMPUR — A witness in the murder trial of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais testified yesterday that the second accused bought a drum from him last year.

Lim Khai Meng, 63, a lorry salesman, said G. Gunasekaran paid RM20 for the drum after telling him he wanted to use it for disposing rubbish.

“There was no bargaining. He mentioned RM20 so I sold it to him,” Lim said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin.

A police officer had testified earlier about the recovery of a cemented drum with a sack containing Morais’ body in a swamp in Subang Jaya on Sept 16 last year.

Lim, who is the 53rd witness in the trial which entered its 35th day, also owns a lorry service centre and deals with processing and selling used engine oil.

He told the court the drum bought by the second accused was used to keep leftover engine oil at his shop.

He also said it was the first time since starting his business five years ago that he had sold a drum to an individual.

Lim said he kept about four to five drums in his shop, which would be sold to a scrap metal yard eventually.

“At first, he (second accused) asked me whether I wanted to sell, but I said I didn’t, but after he persuaded me saying he wanted it as a rubbish bin, I relented,” the witness said.

He said the second accused came with another man but he could not recall his face.

Lim said the two men then carried the slightly rusted drum into “a black vehicle that looked like a four-wheel-drive”.

To Wan Shaharuddin’s question as to the size of the drum and whether it could fit a human body, Lim said: “If I am standing in it, my whole body would not show.”

Gunasekaran, 48, R. Dinishwaran, 24, A.K. Thinesh Kumar, 23, M. Vishwanath, 26, S. Nimalan, 23, and Ravi Chandaran, 45, are accused of murdering Morais between Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and 1, Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4 last year.

First accused Dr R. Kunaseegaran, 53, faces a charge of abetting the six men in the murder.

The trial presided by Justice Datuk Azman Abdullah continues today. — Bernama

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