MALAYSIA: CARWASH WORKER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN JOHOR
November 30, 2018:
A carwash worker on 28 November 2018 was sentenced to death by the High Court in Johor Baru for distributing 99.16g of methamphetamine two years ago. (Sources: thestar.com.my, 28/11/2018)
Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah meted out the sentence to S. Satha Sivam, 44, after the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the case.
According to the charge sheet, the accused was charged with distributing the drugs in a room located on the top floor of a coffee shop in Jalan Meldrum at about 7.40pm on Sept 9, 2016.
Satha's lawyer Nur Zafirah Norizan said her client appealed to be jailed instead of being sent to the gallows. Amendments to Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 removes the mandatory death penalty for drug offences and gives judges full discretion in sentencing. However, in his judgement, Sequerah said the accused had not fulfilled the compulsory condition for him to escape the death penalty.