Elderly man may face death for drug offence
An elderly bookmaker could face the death penalty after he was convicted in the High Court yesterday of trafficking around 95g of heroin into Singapore.
The lawyer defending Chum Tat Suan intends to make further arguments that his client qualifies as a courier under new laws which make the death penalty discretionary instead of mandatory for trafficking in more than 15g of the drug.
However, the prosecution's stand is that while the new law applies, the 65-year-old was not a drug courier and did not satisfy the legal requirements to be spared the gallows.
Laws came into effect this year giving judges the discretion, under two scenarios, not to impose the death penalty for capital drug trafficking cases.