Johor Baru: Two friends were handed the death penalty by the High Court yesterday for trafficking in 373 grammes of cannabis about 18 months ago.
Judge Datuk Abd Halim Aman, when sentencing Md Adha Md Nor Rahim, 30, and Md Faizal Hassan, 30, said the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.
Police had arrested both men for possessing the cannabis which was found in a plastic bag inside a Perodua Kenari at a petrol station in Taman Mount Austin here on Dec 7, 2010.
According to the facts of the case, Md Adha had agreed to supply cannabis worth RM2,600 to an agent provocateur, identified in court as a police lance corporal, on Dec 3, 2010, following a mobile phone conversation.
Md Adha and the agent provocateur had been in contact for several days on the sale of cannabis to the latter before the agreed transaction took place on the day the accused were arrested.
Abd Halim said the court found contradictory statements and bare denial from both the accused on the cannabis found in the car.
“There is only one punishment to be meted out and that is to be hanged till dead,” he said.
As the judgement was read out, a woman believed to be the wife Md Adha cried and had to be consoled by family members and friends.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad prosecuted while counsel KS Pang and Sukhaini Mashud represented Md Adha and Md Faizal respectively.