25yo man faces possible death sentence over drug trafficking charges

The accused standing outside the courtroom.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, March 9: The High Court here ordered a jobless man to enter his defence for two drug trafficking charges at the end of the prosecution’s case today.

Eric Bong, 25, faces two charges under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries a death sentence or life imprisonment and whipping, upon conviction.

High Court Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli today ruled that a prima facie case has been established as there was direct evidence that the accused was the one who collected the parcel and had custody control over the parcel. Evidence also showed that the accused had knowledge of the drugs in the parcel.

The judge ordered the accused to enter his defense on June 23 and 24.

The prosecution by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department had called seven witnesses.

The accused was charged with trafficking 751 grammes of methamphetamine and 407.2 grammes of ketamine respectively at Syarikat Biaramas Kuching, 3 1/2 Mile, Jalan Penrissen, Taman Seng Goon, at about 3.45pm on September 25, 2019.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nafzilah Ahmad Poad prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsels Osman Ibrahim and Roger Chin. — DayakDaily