Cannabis delivered by mistake, S'pore court acquits man on death row - The Independent Singapore News

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Cannabis delivered by mistake, S'pore court acquits man on death row - The Independent Singapore News

Cannabis delivered by mistake, S'pore court acquits man on death row - The Independent Singapore News

Raj did not dispute the drugs were in his possession but argued that the delivery was a mistake as he had ordered Butterfly, tobacco laced with a synthetic chemical that produced a similar narcotic effect to cannabis.

Raj was sentenced to the mandatory death sentence while Ramadass to life imprisonment and the mandatory minimum of 15 strokes of the cane in June 2020.The courts heard that one inmate named Mark Kalaivanan Tamilarasan was also in Senoko on the same day to pick up cannabis and chewable tobacco but received Butterfly instead.

The Court of Appeal accepted the two men’s appeals and overturned their convictions on Friday, reportedThe Straits Times.“In our judgment, the fact that Mark had effectively confessed to having at least attempted to commit a serious offence is a weighty factor in evaluating his evidence,”

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Man who ordered tobacco but received marijuana instead escapes death on appeal - The Independent NewsA man ordered tobacco but received marijuana instead. He was then mistakenly regarded as a drug dealer and even sentenced to death. The Court of Appeal believed that he really received the wrong package and acquitted him. Raj Kumar Aiyachami, 40, was sentenced to death after being convicted in 2020 of smuggling more than 1.8kg …

Meanwhile, Ramadass contended that he did not know the nature of the drugs delivered, adding he had already delivered three bags of the Butterfly tobacco to others before handing one over to Raj.LinkedIn SINGAPORE: The Court of Appeal on Friday (May 27) overturned the conviction of a man on death row accused of trafficking more than 1.The pair were charged over a bag of drugs containing not less than 1.Raj Kumar Aiyachami, 40, was convicted in 2020 of possessing the Class A controlled drug for the purpose of trafficking, which carries a mandatory death sentence.

Raj was sentenced to the mandatory death sentence while Ramadass to life imprisonment and the mandatory minimum of 15 strokes of the cane in June 2020. The courts heard that one inmate named Mark Kalaivanan Tamilarasan was also in Senoko on the same day to pick up cannabis and chewable tobacco but received Butterfly instead. Raj Kumar Aiyachami, 40, was convicted in 2020 of possessing the Class A controlled drug for the purpose of trafficking, which carries a mandatory death sentence. The Court of Appeal accepted the two men’s appeals and overturned their convictions on Friday, reported The Straits Times. The three-judge court, led by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, allowed the appeal of Raj Kumar Aiyachami, 40, against his conviction and mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking. “In our judgment, the fact that Mark had effectively confessed to having at least attempted to commit a serious offence is a weighty factor in evaluating his evidence,” said the court. Both men were nabbed on Sep 21, 2015, when Ramadass, a lorry driver for a transport company in Johor Bahru, drove into Singapore and delivered a red plastic bag to Raj at Senoko Drive. The apex court also said the trial judge made a mistake in rejecting Mark’s testimony because he and Raj “had more than ample opportunity to collude and manufacture the story. Delivering the court's judgment, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said that both men's appeals turned solely on whether they had actual or presumed knowledge of the nature of the drugs found.

” In a separate incident on May 18, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs in an arriving Malaysia-registered vehicle passing through the Woodlands Checkpoint. At trial, Raj and Ramadass did not dispute that they were in possession of the drugs. The pair had been charged over a bag of drugs containing not less than 1. About 17,704g of heroin, 261g of ‘ice’ and 2g of ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, worth close to S$1,295,000, was seized by officers. The drugs seized are sufficient to feed the addiction of about 8,430 heroin abusers and 150 ‘Ice’ abusers for a week, noted ICA. The court ruled in favour of Raj's defence that he had ordered chemically-sprayed tobacco, known as"Butterfly", and that the cannabis was delivered to him by mistake. Under Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence for a person, on his or her own behalf, or on behalf of any other person, whether or not that other person is in Singapore, to traffic in a controlled drug, offer to traffic in a controlled drug; or to do or offer to do any act preparatory to or for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled drug. Raj, a Singaporean, who was represented by Mr Ramesh Tiwary, did not dispute the drugs were in his possession but contended that there had been a mistaken delivery. If a person is found guilty of trafficking more than 15g of pure heroin (diamorphine) or 250g of methamphetamine, he or she may face the mandatory death penalty. During one conversation in the prison yard, after learning the circumstances of Raj's arrest, Mark told Raj that he was also at Senoko Loop on Sep 21, 2015 to collect"ganja", the street name for cannabis, but ended up receiving"Butterfly" instead. Mark testified that he remembered the transaction took place on Sep 21, 2015 because his pet hamster died that evening and he got a tattoo with the date.

/TISG Follow us on Social Media Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg - Advertisement - . Mark testified that he remembered the transaction took place on Sep 21, 2015 because his pet hamster died that evening and he got a tattoo with the date. He said he had been told that four bags of chemically sprayed tobacco had been placed in the lorry he was driving.