Woman acquitted 3 years ago found guilty of same offence

Woman acquitted 3 years ago found guilty of same offence
Zuhaila being led out by a police officer after she was sentenced to death.

SHAH ALAM - A 32-year-old cook who escaped the gallows three years ago on a drug trafficking charge ran out of luck when a High Court found her guilty of a similar offence.

Zuhaila Abu Bakar was sentenced to death along with two Nigerians after they were found guilty of two counts of drug trafficking under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

She did not react when the sentence was passed. Zuhaila's mother cried as she was led out of the court room.

The two Nigerians are former students Ogbodo Sunday Tochukwu and Koroma Chioma Darlington, both 30.

They were jointly charged with trafficking 173.7g of drugs (a combination of 136.1g of heroin and 37.6g of monoacetylmorphine) as well as 525.3g of methamphetamine.

They committed the offences inside a car at a hotel car park at Jalan Terkukur off Jalan Merbah in Temerloh, Pahang, at 9.30pm on Dec 1, 2010.

Justice Akhtar Tahir, in his brief ruling, said the evidence of the two Nigerian men contradicted each other.

"They were pointing fingers at each other. They dragged a name, Yusoff, as the main person involved in the transaction.

"Earlier, Yusoff was said to be Darlington's brother, but the accused has since denied it," said the judge yesterday.

Justice Akhtar added that a material witness (an agent provocateur) in the case testified that he made dealings with Zuhaila and convinced her that he was a buyer, resulting in her bringing the drugs to Temerloh.

"I am satisfied that the prosecution has proven the case against the three accused persons beyond reasonable doubt," said Justice Akhtar.

In August, 2010, Zuhaila and a Nigerian Nnolli Chidi Rayes, 39, were acquitted by a High Court of cocaine trafficking charge without being called to enter defence.

The 5,186.4g cocaine was allegedly sewn onto seven pairs of jeans.

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