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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 | MYT 3:37 PM

Nigerian student to hang for drug trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR: A Nigerian college student was sent to the gallows by the High Court here for trafficking 26,533 grams of Cannabis.

High Court judge Justice Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah handed down the decision on Wednesday after the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt in Uchechukwu Nelson Ohaechesi's case.

Justice Amelia, in her ruling, said the court found that Ohaechesi, 37, was not a witness of truth.

She said the accused’s defence was an afterthought, a pure fabrication and untrue.

She said the court also considered the evidence of the accused in totality to determine if the defence raised by him has nevertheless cast a reasonable doubt as to the truth of the prosecution's case.

"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 was accused of trafficking 26,533 grams of Cannabis beside an overhead bridge staircase at Taman Connaught Highway (Kajang bound) in Cheras here at about 7.45pm on Oct 17, 2010.

He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same act.

A total of seven prosecution witnesses were called to testify while the defence only one witness.

P. Viknesvaran was the deputy public prosecutor while counsel Ramzani Idris appeared for Ohaechesi.

Tags / Keywords: Court and Crime Drug trafficking , sent to the gallows , 26kg of Cannabis

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