GALLOWS FOR MOTHER OF THREE

Woman found guilty of traf­fick­ing 400g of drugs

New Straits Times - - News / Region - RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL SHAH ALAM rahmat@nst.com.my

A40-YEAR-OLD Kenyan woman was sen­tenced to death by the High Court af­ter she was found guilty of traf­fick­ing in about 400 g of four years ago.

Rose Achieng Ojala had stuffed three cap­sules of the drug into her vagina and swal­lowed an­other 68 cap­sules.

She was charged with traf­fick­ing in the drug at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter ar­riv­ing from Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov 30, 2013.

Ojala stood mo­tion­less when High Court judge Wong Teck Meng meted out the sen­tence yes­ter­day.

The mother of three, who suf­fered from hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (HIV), had fainted be­fore the pro­ceed­ings and had to be taken into the court room in a wheel­chair.

Ojala was stopped by an Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer as she was be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously dur­ing the reg­u­lar lug­gage in­spec­tion.

Three cap­sules of metham­phetamine weigh­ing more than 20g were found in Ojala’s un­der­wear. She ad­mit­ted that her boyfriend had stuffed the cap­sules into her vagina be­fore she boarded the flight.

The woman, who claimed that she was preg­nant, was later taken to the Ser­dang Hos­pi­tal, where an x-ray ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that she had swal­lowed 68 cap­sules of the drug weigh­ing more than 380gm.

In con­vict­ing Ojala, Wong said the pros­e­cu­tion had proved the case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

“You are found guilty and there is no other pun­ish­ment un­der Sec­tion 39(B) of the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act 1962 ex­cept the death sen­tence,” he said.

Ojala was also sen­tenced to three years’ jail for pos­sess­ing 20.7g of metham­phetamine in her un­der­wear.

Coun­sel Suzanawati Ismail, in mit­i­ga­tion, said her client was a sin­gle mother and had three chil­dren aged be­tween 4 and 15.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Suhana Ah­mad pros­e­cuted.

PIC BY MOHD ASRI SAIFUDDIN MAMAT

Rose Achieng Ojala be­ing led to the Shah Alam High Court yes­ter­day.

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