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Syabu: Death for duo
Published on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A local man and a Bruneian were sentenced to death by the High Court here on Wednesday for trafficking syabu weighing 745.6gm and 52.1gm each.

Andy Majudil, 35, and Mohd Noor Jumat, 38, were respectively found guilty of committing the offence at a house in Taman Nelly, Phase 8C, Jalan Nountun in Inanam at 9.30pm on Nov 19, 2013.

High Court Judge Datuk Nurchaya Hj Arshad in delivering her decision, ruled that the court found the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case and that the prosecution had proven its case.

Andy and Mohd Noor were convicted under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the death penalty on conviction.

They appeared calm on hearing the verdict. Andy and Mohd Noor had on Nov 29 last year, respectively gave unsworn statements in their defence.

Andy in his defence stated that he was not trafficking the drugs as stated in the charge.

He stated that he was the tenant of a double storey house at Taman Nelly and had sub-leased it to Mohd Noor, who is from Brunei and that he never lived in the said address and had no belongings in the house.

Andy said he went to the said house to collect rental from Mohd Noor but was arrested by police on being suspected of trafficking the drugs which he categorically denied.

He further stated that the contents of the bag do not belong to him but to Mohd Noor.

Meanwhile, car salesman Mohd Noor, in his statement stated that he was never involved in drug trafficking as charged and that the items found did not belong to him and that he never knew about their existence.

He said Andy, who he came to know in 2013 after the latter bought a car from him, had invited him to stay in the said house to avoid spending money on hotel rooms whenever he came to the State.

Mohd Noor also stated that he did not know the contents of a bag and a box as they did not belong to him.

Andy and Mohd Noor were represented by counsel Ram Singh and Dato' Seri Rakhbir Singh, respectively while Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Wan Farrah Farriza Wan Ghazali appeared for the prosecution.

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