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Nigerian Private College Student Sentenced To Death For Drug Trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) -- A Nigerian private college student was sentenced to death by the High Court here today, after he was found guilty of trafficking 26.533 kilogrammes of Canabis, four years ago.

Judge Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah held that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case against Uchechukwu Nelson Ohaechesi, 37.

In her judgement, Amelia said the accused was careful to deny that he was carrying the bag which contained the dangerous drugs.

"The court finds that the accused is not a witness of truth. As such the court is of the considered view that the accused's defence is but an afterthought, a pure fabrication and untrue.

"The court therefore sentences the accused to death. And vide section 183 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the accused is to be hanged by the neck until he is dead," she said.

Ohaechesi committed the offence beside an overhead bridge staircase at Taman Connought Highway toward Kajang, Cheras here at 7.45pm on Oct 17, 2010.

He was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor P.Viknesvaran, while lawyer Ramzani Idris appeared for the accused.

-- BERNAMA





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