"Lucky" Nigerian Gets 18 Years of Jail Instead of Death Sentence

"Lucky" Nigerian Gets 18 Years of Jail Instead of Death Sentence

Malaysia - A Nigerian, caught at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with a stash of drugs in his stomach, pleaded guilty to having 389.8gm of methamphetamine and slapped with 18 years jail by the High Court here.

Francis Ikenna Nwannochie, 27, was also ordered to be given 10 strokes of the cane by Justice Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah after he pleaded guilty to drug possession at the Customs inspection counter at the KLIA arrival hall in Sepang between 11pm on Feb 29, 2012 and 6.55pm on March 2, 2012.

The judge, who ordered Nwannochie's jail term to run effective from the date of arrest, said the latter was lucky to get away with an alternative charge of drug possession instead of the initial drug trafficking charge that carried the death sentence upon conviction.

According to the facts of the case, Nwannochie was detained on Feb 29, 2012 when Customs authorities noticed him walking in a suspicious manner.

On March 1, 2012, he was brought to the Serdang Hospital where an X-ray showed the presence of a foreign lump inside his stomach. The lump was later found to consist of 54 capsules of methamphetamine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong appeared for the prosecution while counsel L. A. Gomes represented the Nigerian.

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