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SEREMBAN: "God Bless You", said High Court judge Datuk Zulkifli Bakar when sentencing a female lecturer from the Philippines to death after she was found guilty of trafficking drugs near the Seremban toll plaza two years ago.
As soon as the sentence was passed, Aida Dizon Garcia, 53, broke down and was escorted away by police.
The grandmother of six was charged with trafficking in 11.95 kilogrammes of cannabis at the Seremban toll plaza heading south along the North-South Expressway about 5.30am on Nov 27, 2010.
Zulkifli said the court had scrutinised the statements from both sides and found that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case.
"In view of this, you have been found guilty and there is only one sentence for this, which is the death penalty," he said.
Deputy Public Prosecutor, Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin prosecuted, while the accused was represented by Haresh Mahadevan.
The defence earlier pleaded for a light sentence as the accused had four children, had repented and was a first time offender.
The prosecution, however, pressed for the maximum sentence as the accused was educated and should have a sound knowledge and respect for the laws of this country.
It was earlier reported that the woman, who was temporarily staying in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, had entered Malaysia on Oct 10, 2010, and had visited a neighbouring country in the north before returning to this country.