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Lorry attendant to hang for drug trafficking two years ago

IPOH, Feb 9 — A 30-year-old lorry attendant has been sentenced to death after the High Court here found him guilty of drug trafficking two years ago.

S. Pragasam, who was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, was found guilty of trafficking 101.2g of heroin and 8.9g of monoacetylmorphine at house number 127, Jalan Pengkalan Barat 32, Taman Puteri Lindungan Bulan in Pasir Puteh on May 11 2016 at about 7.30pm.

Judicial Commissioner Anselm Charles Fernandis also found Pragasam guilty of possessing 36.6g of methamphetamine at the same time and place.

For the second charge, framed under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, Pragasam was sentenced to eight years jail.

In his oral judgement, Fernandis said the defence had failed to raise doubts over the prosecution case.

“In his defence, the accused said he was at the house to collect a RM2,000 loan from a Thanasilan who had left the house earlier. These are mere denial by the accused,” he said.

“I hereby convict you on both charges,” he added.

Upon hearing this, Pragasam, who was clad in white t-shirt and blue jeans, looked crestfallen.

Defence counsel Rajit Gill immediately applied for stay of execution pending appeal.

Pragasam, who was later sent to Tapah Prison, was charged at the Ipoh magistrate court on May 23 2016 before the case was transferred to High Court in Feb 14 last year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenneth Oon prosecuted.

Prosecution called a total of six witnesses while the defence called three witnesses including the accused.

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