Hawker escapes gallows after being freed of drug charge

Liew with his counsels Osman (left) and Chin. 

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, June 21: A 24-year-old hawker escaped the death sentence when the Kuching High Court discharged and acquitted him today on a drug trafficking charge.

Judge Ravinthran N Paramaguru ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against Liew Shan Ho.

Liew was charged under Paragraph 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for trafficking 385.75 grams of Methamphetamine on May 2 last year at about 3.30pm at a house in RPR Matang Malihah.

His offence is also punishable under Subsection 39B(2) of the same Act, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Liew was represented by defence counsels Roger Chin and Osman Ibrahim, while DPP Hayda Faridzal Abu Hasan prosecuted. — DayakDaily