Tuesday, February 13, 2018
10 persons sentenced to death because Mandatory Death Penalty for Drug Trafficking until new law is in force?
See earlier related post including media statements
IPOH, Feb 9 — A 30-year-old lorry attendant has been sentenced to death after the High Court here found him guilty of drug trafficking two years ago.
S. Pragasam, who was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, was found guilty of trafficking 101.2g of heroin and 8.9g of monoacetylmorphine at house number 127, Jalan Pengkalan Barat 32, Taman Puteri Lindungan Bulan in Pasir Puteh on May 11 2016 at about 7.30pm.
Judicial Commissioner Anselm Charles Fernandis also found Pragasam guilty of possessing 36.6g of methamphetamine at the same time and place.
For the second charge, framed under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, Pragasam was sentenced to eight years jail.
In his oral judgement, Fernandis said the defence had failed to raise doubts over the prosecution case.
“In his defence, the accused said he was at the house to collect a RM2,000 loan from a Thanasilan who had left the house earlier. These are mere denial by the accused,” he said.
“I hereby convict you on both charges,” he added.
Upon hearing this, Pragasam, who was clad in white t-shirt and blue jeans, looked crestfallen.
Defence counsel Rajit Gill immediately applied for stay of execution pending appeal.
Pragasam, who was later sent to Tapah Prison, was charged at the Ipoh magistrate court on May 23 2016 before the case was transferred to High Court in Feb 14 last year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenneth Oon prosecuted.
Prosecution called a total of six witnesses while the defence called three witnesses including the accused.- Malay Mail Online, 9/2/2018
THE Kuala Lumpur High Court here sentenced two friends to death by hanging after finding them guilty of trafficking 123.052kg of drugs three years ago.
Judge Azman Abdullah handed down the sentence on Ong Cheng Yaw, 33, and San Kim Huat, 38, after finding that they had failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution’s case.
The prosecution succeeded in establishing its case beyond reasonable doubts on the four charges made against the two men, he said.
Ong, a sales promoter, and San, a nightclub DJ, were jointly charged with trafficking various types of drugs, comprising 95.016kg of methamphetamine, 26.791kg of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA-ecstasy) and ketamine in 1.245kg.
The offence was committed at a house in Jalan Denai Selatan, Desa Park City, Kepong, at 6.25pm on May 12, 2015.
Ong and San, represented by lawyer Hariharan Tara Singh, were charged under Section 39B(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Zalina Awang@Mamat prosecuted in the case. – Bernama, February 8, 2018. - The Malaysian Insight, 8/2/2018