BY MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW – 25 MAY 2016 @ 3:11 PM
ALOR STAR: A South African was today sent to the gallows by the High Court for trafficking 1,598.3 grammes of methamphetamine three years ago.
Benjamin William Hawkes, 46, nodded his head in understanding when the judgment was handed down by Judicial Commissioner Choo Kah Sing. Hawkes, who hails from Durban, was found guilty of committing the offence at the arrival hall of the Langkawi International Airport, Langkawi, at 9pm on July 21, 2013. In his decision, Choo said the court found that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt. “I find the accused guilty of the offence of trafficking 1,598.3 grammes of methamphetamine. “I hereby sentence you, Benjamin William Hawkes, to be hanged by the neck, to death,” he said here today. Hawkes was represented by Burhanudeen Abdul Wahid, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias prosecuted.