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Contract worker gets death sentence for drug trafficking

Loo Yong Heng was also found guilty of five counts of possessing dangerous drugs.

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A contract worker was sentenced to death by the Muar High Court today after he was found guilty of trafficking 183.14g of methamphetamine four years ago.

Judge Abu Bakar Katar handed down the sentence on Loo Yong Heng, 44, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.

Loo was charged with trafficking in the drug at a house in Jalan Bukit Kontang, Tangkak, at 10.30am on Feb 13, 2018.

The charge, framed under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, provides the death penalty upon conviction.

Loo was also found guilty under Section 12 (2) of the same law of five counts of possession of various types of dangerous drugs at the same location, time and date. The offence is punishable by a maximum fine of RM100,000, imprisonment of up to five years, or both, upon conviction.

The court sentenced Loo to two years in prison for each charge, to be served concurrently from the date of sentencing.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Azfar Mahmod, while Loo was represented by lawyer Lim Chon Sin.

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