SHAH ALAM - A High Court judge told a Nigerian salesman to "thank his lucky stars" that some 48 drug capsules he ingested did not burst in his stomach.
"I am not a scientist or a doctor.
"But from what was written in the media, these people who carry drugs inside their stomach can die instantly when the capsules burst," said Justice Noor Azian Shaari during a drug trafficking trial here on Tuesday.
Camara Jean Guineenne, 32, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of possessing 367.9gm of methamphetamine.
He was initially charged with trafficking, which provides for the mandatory death sentence.
Justice Noor Azian said Guineenne had risked his life by committing the offence and his family could have lost him if he died.
The court sentenced the accused to nine years in jail from the date of arrest and 10 strokes of the cane.
"You are lucky that your defence counsel sent a representation and the prosecution agreed to offer you the reduced charge.
"After this custodial jail time, you can return to your home country and you can see your twin children again," Justice Noor Azian added.
Guineenne was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13 last year.
Initial inspection did not reveal any illegal items on him but he later defecated seven capsules at the airport.
He defecated several more times at the hospital revealing a total of 48 capsules.