GEORGE TOWN (June 29, 2010): The High Court here sentenced three men to death after finding two of them guilty of drug trafficking and the other of murder.
In the first case, High Court judicial commissioner Yaacob Mohd Sam handed Ooi Chee Seong, 33, and Yong Soon Lee, 31, the death sentence for trafficking in 691.8g of drugs, including 395.8g of heroin and 296g of monoacetylmorphine, at a unit at E-Park Condominium, Jalan Batu Uban on Oct 7, 2003 at about 4.45pm.
They were also found guilty of another charge of trafficking in 972.3g of ketamine and 52.8g of methamphetamine at the same time and location.
Yaacob in his judgment said the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case and that the accused had knowledge, custody and control of the drugs.
The accused said they came to the house to talk to an individual, but if they were there to chat, they would have followed him out when he left the house to collect debts instead of staying there, he said.
Ooi was represented by counsel Datuk V. Sithambaram and Dev Kumaraendran while Yong was represented by Ashok Athimulan. Deputy Public Prosecutor L. Uma Devi prosecuted.
In the second case, a mosaic layer received the death sentence for the murder of a claypot chicken rice seller four years ago.
Ong Teik Thai, 35, was accused of killing Choi Yu Ki, 20, with a parang at a coffee shop, with four others who are still at large, at Mukim 9, Pekan Teluk Kumbar near here at about 10pm on April 6, 2006.
Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Mohd Yassin, in ruling that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt, said the testimony of the accused contradicted that of two eyewitnesses, who are friends of the deceased.
The eyewitnesses had said that Ong and four other individuals got out of a car and slashed Choi, while Ong said he was in the car when the incident occurred, Mohd Zaki said.
Ong was represented by O. Alvinthiren, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Arik Zakri Abdul Kadir conducted the prosecution.
By Bernard Cheah
Tue, 29 Jun 2010