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Thai single mum gets death for drug trafficking

ALOR SETAR: A Thai single mother of a six-year-old boy looked calm when a High Court here passed the death sentence on her for trafficking in methamphetamine two years ago.

Nutchanad Jongjaroen, 36, from Sukhothai, Thailand, who worked as a masseuse, was found guilty of trafficking in 1.45kg of the drug at the Immigration Complex in Bukit Kayu Hitam at 12.40pm on July 23, 2014.

Judicial Commissioner Tuan Abu Bakar Katar sentenced Nutchanad to death under Section 39B(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

In his judgment, Tuan Abu Bakar said the defence failed to raise any reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

“The prosecution successfully proved the involvement of the accused beyond reasonable doubt.

“The court cannot accept the claim by the defence that a man named ‘Rung’ gave the bag containing the drug to the accused to be brought into Malaysia,” he said.

Nutchanad, was clad in a red baju kurung, was represented by counsel Ai Cha Ran. The court allowed Nutchanad to file her appeal against her death sentence.-thestar

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