Thursday, June 27

Sarawakian to hang for drug trafficking

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Ian was sentenced to death for trafficking in 4,879.9 grams of ketamin.

KOTA KINABALU: A 35-year-old Sarawakian man was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday for trafficking in 4,879.9 grams of ketamin, three years ago.

Justice Datuk Nurchaya Hj Arshad passed the sentence on Ian Nashville Anak Ranyar after finding him guilty of the offence as charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence, on conviction.

In her verdict, Nurchaya said that the prosecution had proven a case beyond reasonable doubt and therefore found the accused guilty as charged.

Ian committed the offence at the arrival hall of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal two at 3.30am on October 31, 2014.

Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) from the Customs Department, Huzaimah Dolfatah, acted for the prosecution while Ian was represented by counsel Timothy Daut, who stood in for Ram Singh.

In a separate case, a 33-year-old Filipina, who was charged with trafficking in 56.43 gram of syabu, will stand trial at the same court on August 28 – 30.

The judge fixed the date for Rubiah Lahani Abdul Rahman during the pre-trial case management of the latter’s case yesterday.

Rubiah was alleged to have trafficked in the drugs at KFC Restaurant in Karamunsing Complex here at 4.10pm on May 17, 2016.

She was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Earlier, DPP Gan Peng Kun told the court that documents had been served to the accused and some other documents would be sent in two weeks time.

Counsel Datuk Norbert Chin, who represented Rubiah, highlighted to the court that a representation letter was sent to the DPP’s office.