MARIA ELVIRA PINTO EXPOSTO v. PP

[2020] 2 MLRA 571

MARIA ELVIRA PINTO EXPOSTO v. PP
Federal Court, Putrajaya
Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat CJ, Azahar Mohamed CJM, Mohd Zawawi Salleh, Idrus Harun, Nallini Pathmanathan FCJJ
[Criminal Appeal No: 05(M)-142-06-2018(B)]
26 March 2020

JUDGMENT

Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat CJ:

Introduction

[1] The appellant was charged in the High Court at Shah Alam for the offence of trafficking in dangerous drugs. The charge reads:

"Bahawa kamu pada 7 Disember 2014, lebih kurang jam 3:40 petang di Cawangan Pemeriksaan Penumpang 1 (CPP1), Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA), dalam daerah Sepang, dalam negeri Selangor Darul Ehsan, telah mengedar dadah berbahaya iaitu Methamphetamine berat bersih 1142.8 gram, dan dengan itu kamu telah melakukan suatu kesalahan di bawah s 39B(1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 yang boleh dihukum di bawah s 39B(2) Akta yang sama."

The Prosecution's Case

[2] Briefly, on 7 December 2014, at about 3:40pm, Customs Officer Noornashriq bin Misnan ("PW2") was on duty at the scanner machine at KLIA. PW2 saw the appellant, who was carrying a luggage ("P7") and a backpack ("P6"). The appellant placed the two bags on the scanner machine. When exhs P6 and P7 were scanned, a green image appeared in P6.

[3] PW2 requested Earizal bin Mohd Khalil ("PW6") to examine P6 further. PW6 took out the contents of P6 before it was scanned again. The green image remained. The appellant and the two bags, P6 and P7 were then brought to the inspection room of the CPPI. At the CPPI, PW6 did further physical examination of P6. He saw stitches at the back of P6. When the stitches were cut open, PW6 found two packages containing substance suspected to be dangerous drugs.

[4] The investigating officer, Noor Mohd Azri bin Brahim ("PW7") sent the two packages to the Chemistry Department for analysis. Upon analysis by the chemist Suhana binti Ismail ("PW3"), the substance was confirmed to be Methamphetamine, weighing 1142.8 grammes. Methamphetamine is listed as dangerous drugs under the First Schedule of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 ("the DDA").

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