Former Malaysian flight attendant jailed in Australia for smuggling drugs

PETALING JAYA: A former Malaysian flight attendant has been jailed five years and six months in jail after pleading guilty to smuggling heroin into Melbourne, Australia in May 2018.

Fariq Aqbal Omar, 34 pleaded guilty at the Victorian County Court to "importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug", according to Australian news portal ABC News.

It reported that Fariq had carried the heroin on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne in May 2018 for a former colleague and another man who promised to pay him A$500 (RM1,447).

He was captured on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) walking through Melbourne Airport with his trouser pockets and vest bulging with 10 wrapped blocks of pure heroin.

Fariq deposited them into his suitcase in an airport bathroom before leaving the terminal and boarding a bus with other cabin crew.

However, Australian Border Force officials had them all return to the baggage area with their luggage, the court heard.

ABC News reported that Fariq took the drugs from his suitcase and tried to conceal them in his pockets before being apprehended.

He told police he believed the packages contained shisha.

In sentencing, Judge Wendy Wilmoth said it was hard to comprehend how Omar had been enticed to participate in the high-risk enterprise for such a small fee.

"It was clumsily executed and entirely lacking in sophistication.

"Your actions have resulted in a very significant fall for you. This is something you should have considered before the importation," Wilmoth was reported as saying.

The court heard Fariq has a wife and two children in Malaysia.

ABC News reported that Fariq will spend a minimum of three years in jail before becoming eligible for parole.

His wife travelled to Melbourne for his plea hearing and sentencing, but the court heard she was unlikely to be able to afford to visit again before his release from prison.

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