Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nigerian footballer sentenced to death in Malaysia

Posted on October 23, 2010, Saturday

SHAH ALAM: A Nigerian footballer-turned-drug trafficker was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday, after he was found guilty of trafficking in 530.14 grammes of heroin in Puchong last year.

Justice Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah said at the end of defence case, Danny Phiri, 25, had failed to raise any reasonable doubt on the prosecution case.

He was charged with drug trafficking under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

He had committed the offence at an apartment unit of Block A-3A-08, Koi Tropikana, 3rd mile Jalan Puchong, Puchong at 12.35am on May 15, last year.

According to the facts of the case, the police, acting on a tip-off, had forced their way into the apartment unit and detained the accused and his Filipina girlfriend.

In the room, the police seized a plastic bag containing 530 grammes of heroin, and found 0.14 grammes of heroin hidden inside a photo frame.
The court was told that Phiry was in Malaysia since 2008, looking for a suitable soccer club.

However, he was lured by another Nigerian into becoming a member of a drug trafficking syndicate.

During the trial, a 24-year-old Filipina turned crown witness and testified against her boyfriend.

Deputy public prosecutor Alfred Egin appeared for the prosecution.

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