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KUALA LUMPUR: A Thai masseuse was sentenced to seven years’ jail by the High Court for possession of 110gm of methamphetamine while her friend, was acquitted.

Jenjira Thawornpong, 27, and Chayuda Srisutham, 37, were initially jointly charged with trafficking of 110gm of methamphetamine in front of the DHL Express guard post at Plot 662, Jalan 3 Off Jalan Sow Lin in Cheras at about 4.45pm on April 4, last year.

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However, when the case came up before Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan yesterday, Jenjira, pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of drug possession and Chayuda, a maid, was acquitted by the court on application by the prosecution.

Jenjira pleaded guilty to drug possession at the DHL Express guard post on April 4. Nordin told Jenjira, that she was lucky to have been given an alternative charge by the prosecution.

“It could have been worse for you. Nevertheless, drug possession is a very serious offence and I have to take both the public and your interest into account, in sentencing you.”

Earlier, defence counsel Zaleha Al-Hayat told the court that her client was a single mother, who was a victim of circumstances. “My client comes from a very humble background and has a son who is looked after by her grandmother. Her parents are divorced and she too was brought up by her grandmother.

“Her family is dependent on her and a long custodial sentence will see them suffering too. The amount of drug which was in her possession was relatively small and the court should take this into consideration before sentencing her,” said Zaleha.

Deputy public prosecutor Ezrene Zakariah, in seeking a deterrent sentence, said the crime committed by Jenjira was a serious one which is also rampant.

“Therefore, no discounts should be given on sentencing, even though she has pleaded guilty, as public interest should be taken into consideration,” said Ezrene. Nordin ordered the sentence to take effect from Jenjira’s date of arrest, April 4.

-New Straits Times