Kenyan Woman to Hang in Malaysia for Drug Trafficking
A Kenyan woman was sentenced to death yesterday in Malaysia after she was found guilty of trafficking in 3,747.63 grams of syabu.
Justice Dato’ Abdul Rahman Sebli pronounced the sentence on Judith Achieng Odoyo, 31, after ruling that the latter had failed to raise any reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.
“I am satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt and I reject her claim that she was merely an innocent carrier having no knowledge of the drugs hidden inside her bags.
“Based on the evidence adduced, I am convinced that she knew what she was carrying.
“Only one sentence is provided by law for this crime and that is the death sentence. Pursuant to Section 183 read together with Section 277 of the Criminal Procedure Code, I order that you, Judith Achieng Odoyo, be taken to a lawful place where you shall be hanged by the neck till you are dead,” Abdul Rahman pronounced.
Odoyo who was represented by assigned counsel Ram Singh, was a sight of sadness after the court delivered the judgement.
When met by reporters outside the court, Odoyo said she was depressed and felt stressed that her friends whom she trusted had caused her to be put to death.
When asked about her family, she said, “Pray for me. I know God can help me because I trust in God and they trust in God. I know God can make one result to our prayers,” she added.
Odoyo from Nairobi, Kenya was found guilty of trafficking in the drug at the passenger examination special unit in Terminal 1 of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) about 8.45am on September 1.
She was convicted under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
She was ordered to enter her defence after the court ruled that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against her.
Nine witnesses were produced before the prosecution closed its case, while Odoyo was the sole witness for the defence and gave sworn statement before closing her case.
Deputy public prosecutor Radzi Abd Razak prosecuted.
Why would you hang a human being who didn't murder a human being? You should deport her to her country unless you're going to eat her flesh. You're ill!
Malaysian and most Asian countries legislation provides for a mandatory death penalty for convicted drug traffickers. This is a fine line, but people are willing to risk their lives for quick cash. As much as this is devastating to her family because the punishment does not meet the crime, the measure has proven to curtail drug-trafficking. Think about the ramification of illicit drugs. it's indirectly a genocide and treason to humanity. people die often of these drugs.
To hit home - go to Mombasa rehab center and watch how wasted young addicted Kenyans are! I feel bad for her coz most Kenyans are misguided/used.
Is there any way the Kenyan government can lobby against her hanging but to serve time and be depoted back to her country?
Is there any way we can initiate this inquiry before she is due to be hanged?????
I think there is a way. Asian countries are about solid evidence; not time wasting inquiries.
Crime doesn't pay
However much I do not condone or support drug trafficking I cannot help but feel sorry for Judith she should name her accomplices & go down with them
She said that her friends did that on her, so she may be innocent of the crime . I beg the government of Malaysia to forgive this woman and deport her to her country. Please have mercy on this woman.
I feel so sorry for this young lady, how can the Kenyan governent help her? If they did, I'm sure she would be a reformed person after that. The lure of quick money would be very unappealing for her thereafter. This is so sad.
Please youngsters look at this case and learn to live within your means, money is not everything.
Certainly the purnishment metted out does not fit the crime,in the eyes of most humane beings. Life being sacrosanct, I would beg for the Kenyan Government to relentlessly explore all possible ways to save this young life. May be there is some country frindly to malasia,that could exchange prisoners...
Crazy - a Turkish guy rapped kids and made child porn in Uganda but he was in jail for a month and released ..and this Kenyan gal is being killed. Ok, well Africa needs to wake up.
people just really need to be careful coz in these Asian countries drug trafficking is a serious crime with a death penalty and all caught are executed after being tried.
Yes. dada you are right people need to be careful. They should basically avoid peddling drugs(wishful thinking).Yes, if you are willing to deal drugs, you should also be willing to take the punishment.
We cannot tell Asian countries on how to administer their laws. But like I said earlier, what this Kenya girls did does not meet the death penulty requirement in many,should I say modern society. Certainly she should be punished, but eliminating her from this earth is a bit too much. Again she has nobody else to blame but herself, that is if she is really guilty.
Is Judith still alive? who knows?
the depth of this matter should lead us to judge weather the lady's life should pay for the crime commited. Her education background should be in question,whom was she visiting, taking in to accountability how many times shes visited the countr. ,Her phone should lead us to some cartel whom she was to meet during delivery. I'm convinced that she's just a small fish in this lot, If thats the case then embassy spokesman should get in touch with Nairobi's ministry of foreign affairs with her full names, the name of her lawyer, the file name, the current prison etc, for God sake why is the ministry there have they interacted in any way as far as the young ladys life is in sake,Ok asian is a no joke but what are we doing for our citizens, aren't americans beeing deported to their country, why not africans?