In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, September, 2020

Nigerian Man On Dying Row In Singapore Over Drug Trafficking Set Free 9 Years After Arrest

Nigerian Man On Death Row In Singapore Over Drug Trafficking Set Free 9 Years After Arrest

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In line with a report by The Nation, the Courtroom of Enchantment in Singapore has discharged and acquitted a Nigerian on demise row for drug trafficking, almost a decade after he was arrested.

In a uncommon determination, the nation’s apex courtroom reversed itself and located Ilechukwu Uchechukwu Chukwudi not responsible, 5 years after the identical courtroom convicted him of the offence.

Ilechukwu confronted a cost of trafficking nearly 2kg (1,963.3g) of methamphetamine present in a black trolley bag he introduced with him from Nigeria into Singapore on November 13, 2011.

He had collected the bags on the airport in Nigeria, discovered solely garments in it. The bags handed a number of immigrations checks in each nations with out issues.

He handed the bag to a Singaporean stall assistant named Hamidah Awang at a Clarke Quay bus cease.

Hamidah’s automobile was then searched at Woodlands Checkpoint in River Valley Street, Singapore and medicines had been found within the baggage.

The cost was punishable by demise.

Ilechukwu was then acquitted after a trial within the Excessive Courtroom in 2014 however the appellate courtroom reversed that call in 2015 and located him responsible of drug trafficking.

His legal professionals — Mr Eugene Thuraisingam, Mr Suang Wijaya and Mr Johannes Hadi from Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, in addition to Ms Jerrie Tan from Okay&L Gates Straits Legislation — argued for the choice to be reviewed.

On the sentencing stage, they offered “materials proof” exhibiting that Ilechukwu was affected by post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) with dissociative signs.

On August three, 2017 the Courtroom of Enchantment then ordered a evaluate of the case in mild of the recent proof, given by the psychiatrist who was a prosecution witness.

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On the evaluate, the courtroom upheld their submissions and located that Ilechukwu skilled PTSD signs whereas giving statements to authorities.

In a cut up determination, 4 out of 5 justices on the case discovered on Thursday (September 17, 2020) that Ilechukwu didn’t know there have been medicine within the bag, discovering that he had been “deceived” unwittingly into transporting medicine.

The apex courtroom quashed its personal determination, setting the Nigerian free.

“The image that emerges from the proof is that he had grossly misjudged (his childhood buddy and acquaintance), and naively believed that he was doing a easy favour in return for promised enterprise contacts.

“Unwittingly, he had been deceived into transporting medicine on their behalf to (their) contact in Singapore,” the judges added.

Choose of Enchantment Tay Yong Kwang dissented, whereas Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Senior Choose Chao Hick Tin, and Judges of Enchantment Judith Prakash and Andrew Phang dominated in Ilechukwu’s favour.

In an announcement, Ilechukwu’s legal professionals stated: “It has been a protracted and hard-fought professional bono case, involving specialist psychiatric proof and problems with cross-cultural sensitivities…

“Had it not been for the fortuitous manufacturing of the IMH report, our shopper would have been sentenced to demise or life imprisonment. We’re delighted that justice has prevailed to acquit our shopper this morning.”

Ilechukwu’s acquittal makes it the second time within the final two years Nigerian citizen has defeated a capital drugs-related offence in Singapore.

In Could 2019, Adili Chibuike Ejike, who had been sentenced to hold for importing nearly 2kg of methamphetamine, was cleared by the Courtroom of Enchantment. Adili had equally been arrested in 2011 in a associated case.

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