Courts Accepts Testimony By Interrogation Officer Sosilawati Murder Case
SHAH ALAM, Sept 13 – The High Court here today accepted the testimony by a police officer on evidence which were found at several locations in Banting based on directions given by the two accused persons in the murders of cosmetic millionairess Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others.
Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir made the decision after finding that T.Thilaiyalagan and R.Kathavarayan, the second and fourth accused in the case respectively, were not forced by the police to do so.
“In this case, I did not see any element of oppression that brought to the finding of the evidence. Therefore, I allow the information given by Chief Inspector N.Govindan be tendered as evidence in court,” he added.
Akhtar said this in his oral judgment in a trial-within-a-trial to determine whether there was any element of oppression or force used on the two accused which led to them to give the information leading to the discovery of the exhibits.
A total of 19 witnesses were called to testify during the proceeding.
In his testimony earlier, Govindan, 45, the interrogating officer at the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, told the court that following directions given by the two accused, police found several evidence, including bone fragments, blood stains, as well as burnt wood and zinc sheets which were allegedly used to burn the victims.
Govindan was the 32nd prosecution witness called to testify in the trial of former lawyer, N.Pathmanabhan, 42, and three farm workers, Thilaiyalagan, R.Matan and Kathavarayan, who are charged with murdering Sosilawati, 47, her driver, Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 47, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abd. Karim, 32, and bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38.
Pathmanabhan, Thilaiyalagan, 20, Matan, 21, and Kathavarayan, 31,are charged with murdering them at Lot No. 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30 last year.
Meanwhile, two witnesses from Celcom Axiata Bhd told the court that they had printed the data of calls made from several telephone numbers involved in the murder case as requested by investigating officer, ASP Ishak Yaakob.
The company’s senior executive (communication unit), Norazlina Ahmad, 30,said she had printed the customer information and detailed bills of 10 telephone numbers, while general manager (billing division), Abdul Latif Mohamed, 44, said he had printed the call detail records of all the numbers.
The hearing continues on Thursday.