Eight years for jobless man who traded drugs to support family

IPOH - With a wife and a baby to take care of, an unemployed man took to trafficking drugs to take care of his young family.

Sew Teck Keong, then 28, was allegedly persuaded to take up the "job" by friends, who told him he could lead a life of luxury by trafficking drugs.

It was a futile move that has now landed him in jail for eight years.

Judicial Commissioner Noorin Badaruddin, who meted out the sentence, also ordered that Sew be whipped 10 times.

He had pleaded guilty to possessing 62.88g of methamphetamine under Section 39A(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the High Court here yesterday.

Sew was initially charged under Section 39B of the same Act, which carries the death penalty for drug trafficking.

According to the facts of the case, policemen arrested Sew as he was alighting from his car near Taman Mutiara in Chemor, about 20km from here, at about 12.30am on Feb 26, 2013.

The drugs were found in the car.

Noorin ordered Sew to serve his jail term from the date of his arrest.

Lawyer J. Harikrishnan, mitigating on behalf of the accused, said Sew and his wife were unemployed and he needed money for the family.

"He was supported by his friends financially and they influenced him to be involved with this (drug) activity.

"At that time, he had no choice as he needed the money," said Harikrishnan, adding that Sew had been in prison since his arrest and that he had repented and had promised not to repeat the offence.

Harikrishnan said that in pleading guilty Sew had saved the court's time and cost, adding that his client was a first-time offender and was not highly educated.

In passing judgment, Noorin said the lack of education was not an issue as there were posters and advertisements warning against drug trafficking.

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