A 31-year-old wiring contractor from Lusaka, Zambia, was sentenced on Friday to death by hanging by a High Court here for trafficking in 159.82gm of drugs at the Balik Pulau police station four years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim found Kasanda Emmanuel guilty of trafficking in a mix of 133.72gm of heroin and 26.1gm of monoacetylmorphines in a toilet of the police station’s narcotics office between 1.30pm and 7.50pm on Oct 14, 2006.
Emmanuel looked solemn as the interpreter explained to him the court’s finding and the sentence, and remained sombre when court adjourned and he was led to the lock-up.
He declined to speak to the press and used an exercise book to hide his face from press photographers, even when walking down the stairs.
In her judgment, Nurmala said Emmanuel’s defence was a bare denial and a mere afterthought, and had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.
She also found that the police had no reason to set Emmanuel up.
During the trial, the police had given evidence that Emmanuel was arrested at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas on Oct 13, 2006, and passed 37 drug-filled rubber capsules at the police station’s toilet the next day.
In his defence, Emmanuel gave an unsworn statement from the dock on Monday that the police had asked him to swallow two purple pills during interrogation after which he was made to pass motion in a bucket.
He said the police did not find anything in his stool, and he was instructed to flush it down the toilet bowl.
Emmanuel was represented by defence counsel R.S.N. Rayer, while the DPPs were Yusaini Amir and Muna Mohamed Jaafar.
By PRISCILLA DIELENBERG