Man faces third drug charge, possible death sentence for drug trafficking

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Jan 8: A man who was discharged and acquitted last year over two drug trafficking charges found himself in the dock again facing a possible death sentence for trafficking methamphetamine with his friend.

Goh Sie Kiat, 27, and Peter Chan Chia Yin, 25, was charged with trafficking 403 grammes (gross weight) of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, at a house in Jalan Selangan Batu, at about 11 pm on December 24, 2019.

They were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a death sentence or imprisonment for life. If the accused is not sentenced to death, he is liable to be punished with whipping of not less than fifteen strokes, upon conviction.

Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar fixed February 6 for mention to tender the chemist report of the drugs found.

Both the accused were ordered to be further remanded in prison pending a chemist’s report as the offense they committed is unbailable.

On September 5, 2019, Goh was discharged and acquitted of two charges where he was charged with trafficking 371.23 grammes of methamphetamine and 495.10 grammes of 3,4-Methylenedioxy (MDMA) on June 21, 2018, at about 11.30 am at an apartment unit at MJC, Batu Kawah. — DayakDaily