Student gets 12 years' jail, rotan for having drugs


ESCAPING DEATH: Jail and rotan for student after pleading guilty to reduced charge

SHAH ALAM: SHAH ALAM: A Nigerian student was sentenced to 12 years' jail and ordered to receive 10 strokes of the rotan for possessing drugs.

High Court judge Noor Azian Shaari sentenced Anadozie Temple Williams, 24, after he pleaded guilty to possessing 996g of cannabis at Block G, Mentari Court, Jalan PJS8/9 Sungai Way in Petaling Jaya at 4.20am on Aug 23, 2011.

In sentencing him, the judge said the accused was lucky as the prosecution had offered him the reduced charge for possession as he was initially charged with trafficking the drugs, an offence which carried the death penalty.

"Although you have pleaded guilty, the offence has been committed.

"I'd even venture out to say that the drug accused usually say they come to Malaysia as a tourists, or in most Nigerian cases, as students," said Noor Azian.

With that, the judge ordered Williams to begin serving his jail sentence from the date of his arrest on Aug 23, 2011.

Earlier in mitigation, counsel Gurmit Singh Hullon pleaded for leniency as his client was a student.

"He came to Malaysia to study a 14-month language course in a college. He has a fiancee back home and an ailing mother who is being looked after by his younger sister."

He said his family sold a piece of land to support his studies here.

Deputy public prosecutor Aida Mastura Mohamed Aman, however, pressed for a deterrent sentence.

She said since the accused came to this country to study, he should have focused on completing his course than to get involved in drugs.

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