Father, two children to hang for drug manufacturing

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  • Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015

PUTRAJAYA:  A father and two of his children failed in their appeal to set aside their conviction and death sentence for processing drugs for trafficking.

A five-member bench led by Justice Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by company director Ong Hooi Beng, 54, his son Eng Keat, 30 and daughter Gaik Ee, 28.

"We find no reason to disturb the findings of the High Court and the Court of Appeal,” said Suriyadi in delivering the decision after hearing submissions by the defense and prosecution teams.

He added that the court affirmed the conviction and the death sentence.

The other four judges were Federal Court Justices Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin, Zaharah Ibrahim and Court of Appeal Judge Balia Yusof Wahi.

In 2011, the Alor Star High Court sentenced Hooi Beng, Eng Keat and Gaik Ee to death.

Hooi Beng was 50 at the time while Eng Keat was 26 and Gaik Ee was 24 at the time. 

The three were found guilty of processing 368.126kg of methamphetamine for trafficking at Zmas Synergy Sdn Bhd in Taman Makmur, Lunas, Kulim at about 4pm on July 9, 2006  when they were arrested during a police raid.

All three claimed that they were not aware that the factory actually produces methamphetamine as they were mere employees in the factory

The three also claimed that the factory actually produces perfumes, cosmetics, slimming pills, recycled oil and bio diesel oil.

However, the prosecution submitted that there was abundant evidence to show that the appellants were involved in the act of manufacturing methamphetamine.

They said the chemical substances and utensils used for manufacturing methamphetamine were found inside the factory and that traces of the drug were found on the clothes, hair and fingernail clippings of the three. 

Hooi Beng was represented by Datuk Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Eng Keat was represented by G. C  Tan and C. Vignesh Kumar appeared for Gaik Ee.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Habibah Harun, Hamdan Hamzah and Farah Ezlin Yusop Khan acted for the Attorney-General's Chambers















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