MALACCA - Five men including two Chinese nationals were handed the death sentence by the High Court here after being found guilty on two counts of drug trafficking five years ago.
The court yesterday found Goh Eng Tee, 40, from Johor; Sow Teik Lee, 40, from Penang; Emery Shazmal Abd Malek, 39, from Kuala Lumpur; Lin Xiren, 32, and Ye Yufeng, 31, both from Guangdong, China, guilty of trafficking ketamine and methamphetamine (syabu).
Justice Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil in his judgment said that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the five accused.
He said that the evidence shown by the accused's defence was mere denial and the explanations were totally unreasonable.
"It is clear that the accused were involved together with the intention to traffic and alternatively process drugs."
For the first offence, the five accused were charged with two other women, Teo Bee Keng, 43, who is Goh's wife from Ujong Pasir here; and maid Tursini Turida, 25, from West Java, Indonesia with trafficking 226.37g of syabu on June 4, 2010 at about 1.30am at a house at Jalan SP1, Taman Semabok Permai here.
For the second offence, they were all charged with trafficking 2,575.34g of ketamine on the same day and same time at the same location.
Meanwhile, both Teo and Tursini escaped the gallows and were both acquitted and freed after Abdul Karim ruled that there were doubts on their roles in the cases and that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against them.
All the accused were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same act, and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.