Nigerian Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging In Malaysia For Drug Trafficking

A Malaysian High Court today sentenced a Nigerian national to the death by hanging after he was found guilty of trafficking 915.6 grammes of methamphetamine three years ago.

Judge Datuk Wan Afrah Wan Ibrahim made the decision after she was satisfied that the prosecution has proven the case against the accused, Ekene Collins Isaac, 37, beyond reasonable doubt.

The prosecution presented 13 witnesses while the defense had one witness who testified during the trial. The accused, who was a cleaner in Nigeria, committed the offence at Wad 6C, Serdang Hospital, at Jalan Puchong, Kajang, between 7.20am on March 3, 2012 to 1pm on March 5 of the same year.

He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 39B(2) of the same Act which carries the mandatory death penalty.

The drug was found inside the accused’s body and he was alleged to have swallowed it before flying to Malaysia. The accused was represented by V. Samynathan while deputy public prosecutor Nazir Amir Johari prosecuted.

Ekene did not show any reaction when the sentence was read out by Wan Afrah.

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