SHAH ALAM: It was not a happy ending for a Nigerian movie director who was caught with 2.4kg of methamphetamine and sentenced to 15 years in jail for drug possession.
Ifeanyi Johnpaul Aguonu, 38, was also sentenced to 10 strokes of the cane for the offence he committed at the international arrival hall at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang at 10.45am on March 11, 2011.
High Court judge Justice Abdul Alim Abdullah expressed his concern that so many Nigerians had entered the country with drugs, without any fear for the law.
“Our country has a strict rule when it comes to drugs; the law provides the death penalty for drug trafficking. If you are convicted of a capital offence here, you could be hung from the neck until you die.
“But you’ve been saved from the gallows because your counsel sent a representation and the Attorney-General’s Chambers agreed to an alternative charge,” Abdul Alim said prior to sentencing.
He ordered the jail term to run from the date of arrest.
Defence lawyer Alfred Egin said Aguonu worked as a movie director, with a US$500 (RM1,500) monthly income.
“He is married with two children. He supports his elderly parents and is the sole breadwinner in his family. Also, he has taken the earliest opportunity to plead guilty and this has saved the court time,” Egin said in mitigation.
He added that his client was remorseful and ready to accept more whippings as punishment if it would reduce the jail time.