GEORGE TOWN: A contractor was sentenced to hang by a High Court here after he was found guilty of trafficking in almost 80g of methamphetamine two years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah held that the defence failed to cast a reasonable doubt in Ng Chong Chin’s case.
He was found guilty of trafficking in 79.28g of methamphetamine at a house in Kampung Baru Alma in Bukit Mertajam, at about 12.45pm on July 18, 2014.
The offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act, carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
Ng, 40, was also jailed 18 months for possessing 2.48g of the same drug at the same time and place.
The offence under Section 12(3) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, carries a fine of not more than RM100,000 or a maximum jail term of five years, or both.
In his decision yesterday, Justice Sequerah said police found three men in the premises, including Ng, during their Ops Cantas Bersepadu raid. Police carried out a physical examination on the men and found two transparent plastic packets containing crystal-like substances, suspected to be drugs, inside Ng’s underwear.
Using the car keys found inside Ng’s pants pocket, the police also inspected a vehicle and found a blue backpack under the driver’s seat.
Inside the backpack was a paper box containing five transparent plastic packets, also suspected to contain drugs.
“A weighing machine and an insurance health care card bearing the accused’s name was also found in the box containing the drugs. The accused denied knowledge of the drugs in the car. This raises the question of how the insurance health card could have ended up in the box.
“According to evidence, the car windows were up and the doors locked. The car was only opened using the key found on the accused. This eliminated the possibility that the bag was placed in the car without his knowledge,” Justice Sequerah said in his ruling yesterday.
Ng’s counsel Nurliyana Mohd Radzi in her mitigation for his drug possession offence, said Ng had been cooperative with the police.
Deputy public prosecutor Amir Hamdzah Othman said the sentence should be a clear message to the public on the severity of the offence.
“Methamphetamine is a form of synthetic drug, which brings serious health effects when consumed,” he said.
Justice Sequerah then jailed Ng 18 months for the drug possession offence.
“There is no other sentence I can pass for the drug trafficking offence, which carries the mandatory death penalty,” he said.