Singapore hotel cleaner, 57, escapes hanging after drug trafficking charge reduced

JOHOR BARU: A 57-year-old woman escaped the gallows after the High Court here reduced her drug distribution charge to possession due to reasonable doubts raised on the facts of the case.

The accused, Long Say Lein, who worked as a cleaner at a renowned hotel in Singapore, was allegedly caught in possession of some 2,259.7g of methamphetamine at the Central Bus Terminal along Jalan Trus here at around 6.30pm on Jan 5 last year.

She was charged Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for possessing the illegal substance, which is punishable under Section 39(A) of the same act.

Judge Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak later sentenced Long to 10 years' jail for the offence.

DPP Nor Iffa Zarilla Abd Rahman prosecuted the case while lawyer Norman Fernandez represented the accused.