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Factory worker to hang for drug trafficking

SHAH ALAM, 13 April 2009: A factory worker was sentenced to death by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking in 155g of heroin at a hotel lobby two years ago.

Yap Wai Yenn, 28, looked at his family in the public gallery and shook his head from the dock after Justice Datuk Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad delivered the sentence.

The judge said that after evaluating all the evidence furnished by both parties, he found that the defence had failed to cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

Yap was charged with committing the offence at the lobby of The Royal Bintang Damansara, The Curve, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, about 7pm on 20 July 2007.

The trial saw the prosecution producing seven witnesses while the defence, one.

Yap, who was represented by counsel Tharamjit Singh and Tania Sandhu, was convicted under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which is punishable with death under Section 39B(2).

Present was Deputy Public Prosecutor Md Azar Irwan Mohd Arifin. — Bernama


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