A 31-year-old Nigerian man identified as Abuchi Ngwoke, got his death sentenced reverted to 20 years jail term by a Malaysian Court of Appeal today, March 8th for trafficking 251.66 grammes of methamphetamine into Malaysia in May 2012.
Ngwoke, was arrested on May 23rd 2012, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and taken to the Melaka General hospital where some precious stones he swallowed, tested positive for methamphetamine.
Facts of the case relay that Ngwoke was arrested by the police after he was found breaking into Batik Selat House MITC in Melaka and drinking a bottle of ink.
He was brought to the General Hospital where 27 capsules allegedly containing methamphetamine were removed from his stomach.
In his defence, Ngwoke claimed that he swallowed “precious stones” which were wrapped, with soup after a man named Chibike told him that it contained precious stone gold dust which was used in jewellery-making in Malaysia.
He claimed he was drunk when he followed Chibike’s instructions to swallow the capsules which he believed contained precious stones, before leaving for Malaysia.
Abuchi through his counsel, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, had approached the Malaysian Appeal Court to appeal the High Court’s judgment, arguing that he never knew the precious stones which was handed to him by his Nigerian friend named Chibike in Nigeria was laced with 251.66 grammes of methamphetamine.
The Malaysian Court of Appeal ruled that there were merits on the issue raised by Abuchi’s counsel. The court of appeal three-man panel led by Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat then sentenced Abuchi to 20 years in jail and 10 strokes of whipping and ordered that his jail sentence should begin from the date of his arrest which was on May 23rd 2012.