African teen es­capes hang­man’s noose

> Found guilty of drug traf­fick­ing but was un­der­age at time of of­fence


GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang High Court yes­ter­day found a teenager from Malawi, Africa, guilty of traf­fick­ing in metham­phetamine three years ago, but she es­caped the gal­lows be­cause she was un­der­age at the time of the of­fence.

She was 17 years and 11 months old when she was arrested for traf­fick­ing 4.3kg of the drug at the ar­rival hall of the Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Oct 5, 2013.

Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sioner Collin Lawrence Se­querah found her guilty of the of­fence un­der Sec­tion 39B the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act 1952, which car­ries the manda­tory death sen­tence.

How­ever, he or­dered the now 19-year-old to be de­tained at the plea­sure of the Yang diPer­tua Ne­gri as al­lowed un­der Sec­tion 97(2)(b) of the Child Act 2001.

“The de­fence failed to raise rea­son­able doubt against the case pre­sented by the pros­e­cu­tion,” Se­querah said in his rul­ing.

Dur­ing mit­i­ga­tion, de­fence coun­sel Hus­saini Abdul Rashid said the youth came from a bro­ken home.

He urged the court to con­sider the age of his client, who was also rep­re­sented by An­thony Chew.

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