JOHOR BARU: A boat maker was sentenced to death by a High Court here after he was found guilty of trafficking in 1.6kg of cannabis.
Panizan Sunan Achayari, 32, an Indonesian national with permanent resident status, appeared calm when the judge read out the sentence.
According to the facts of the case, the drugs were found in a red bag labelled with the words “best wishes” on a motorcycle used by Panizan.
The offence was said to have been committed at 10.20pm outside the Surau Kg Tok Siak in Bakar Batu, Majidee here on March 22, 2006.
Lawyer Norman J. Fernandez, who represented the accused, told the judge that Panizan had committed the offence because of poverty. He added that Panizan was remorseful.
Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, however, said it was a serious offence.
“The accused has failed to raise doubt in the prosecution’s case and therefore the court has no choice but to sentence the accused to hang under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said.