Florist sentenced to death for drug trafficking

A florist was sentenced to the gallows by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking 28.07gm of
drugs four years ago.

Judge Datuk Zakiah Kassim handed down the sentence after finding that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubts the case against G. Gobinanth Reddy, 30.

Gobinanth Reddy, from Butterworth, was charged with trafficking in 24.22gm of heroin and 3.75gm of monoacetylmorphines at about 11.30pm at a parking lot near Caltex petrol station in Taman Sejati, Sungai Petani on Sept 17, 2007.

The charge under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 provides a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Clad in a pair of blue jeans and white T-shirt, Gobinanth Reddy appeared calm when the sentence was passed, while his family members burst into tears.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Nor Hasnita Wan Daud prosecuted, while Gobinanth Reddy was represented by lawyer S.P Raman.

– Bernama