25yo man handed death sentence for drug trafficking charges

Bong is escorted by Customs officers after the trial.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Sept 22: A jobless man has been sentenced to death by the High Court here today after being found guilty of two drug trafficking charges.

Eric Bong, 25, was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act.


High Court Judge Azazahari Kamal Ramli today ruled that the prosecution had proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Judge Azazahari found the accused guilty and convicted him on both charges based on the facts and evidence adduced during the trial.

The judge in his ruling earlier had said there was direct evidence that the accused was the one who collected the parcel and had custody over the parcel. Evidence also showed that the accused had knowledge of the drugs in the parcel.

The prosecution by Royal Malaysian Customs Department had called seven witnesses while the defendant had called three witnesses, including himself.

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

He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 made punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries a death sentence or life imprisonment and whipping, upon conviction. — DayakDaily