Muar hotel manager sentenced to hang for heroin trafficking


MUAR: A hotel manager was sent to the gallows by the magistrate's court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking 82.38gm of heroin last year.

Judicial Commissioner Muhammad Jamil Hussin passed the death sentence to Muhammad Firdaus Abdullah, 29, after the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case.

The father of one was found guilty of committing the offence at 9.30am at the Machap rest and service area (north-bound) in Kluang, on Jan 4, last year.

The offence, under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, provides for the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

In his judgment, Muhammad Jamil said the accused's defence was a mere denial and fabricated.

According to the facts of the case, a team of policemen spotted the accused carrying a suspicious package towards a white Honda parked by the roadside. Upon inspection, four small packs of heroin, weighing a total of 82.38gm, were found in the package.

Deputy public prosecutor Rasyidah Murni Adzmi prosecuted, while the accused was represented by lawyer Chandran Singh.

Throughout the trial, the prosecution and defence each called six witnesses. Muhammad Firdaus appeared calm when the court passed the sentence, while his family members broke down in tears. -- BERNAMA