Youth bought drugs for teacher, says his lawyer

Khairul Naim Mohamad Nasir with his lawyer his lawyer Anil Balchandani. Khairul was sentenced to probation of two years and three months and must also undergo drug intervention programmes and perform 210 hours of community service. He had pleaded gui
Khairul Naim Mohamad Nasir with his lawyer his lawyer Anil Balchandani. Khairul was sentenced to probation of two years and three months and must also undergo drug intervention programmes and perform 210 hours of community service. He had pleaded guilty in January.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

He never sold Ice to teacher, court told; he is sentenced to probation for Ice trafficking and cannabis consumption

A district court heard that a former student, who was given a probation sentence for drug-related offences yesterday, had bought methamphetamine for his secondary school teacher.

Khairul Naim Mohamad Nasir, now 20, was sentenced to probation of two years and three months after pleading guilty in January to one count each of methamphe-tamine trafficking and cannabis consumption.

In mitigation, his lawyer Anil Balchandani had earlier told the court that in 2016, Khairul's ECA (extra-curricular activities) teacher, Celesta Ee Qiying, confided in him about her methamphetamine consumption.

"Celesta mentioned that her supplier was charging her too high a price," Mr Balchandani said.

Khairul said he would help her find a cheaper supplier. After he found a supplier in Geylang, Ee gave him $200 to buy methamphetamine, also known as Ice.

Mr Balchandani told District Judge May Mesenas that on the three to five occasions that Khairul bought drugs in Geylang, he would wait until the supplier appeared because he did not have the latter's contact number.

"Khairul never sold Celesta methamphetamine. He only purchased on behalf of Celesta with the money provided by Celesta," the lawyer said.

The outcome of Ee's case was not mentioned in court documents.

Khairul was caught on Aug 29 last year during a spot check by Central Narcotics Bureau officers.

They took him back to his home where they seized items, including a packet containing what was later found to be about one gram of methamphetamine.

Investigations showed that Khairul had bought methamphetamine with $350 given to him by a customer, who was not named in court documents.

The court was also told that traces of cannabis had been found in Khairul's urine samples.

Yesterday, Judge Mesenas said that as part of his probation, Khairul would have to stay in a hostel for nine months.

His mother posted a bond of $5,000 to ensure his good behaviour. He must also undergo drug intervention programmes and perform 210 hours of community service.

For trafficking methampheta-mine, Khairul could have been jailed for between five and 20 years, and receive five to 15 strokes of the cane.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2018, with the headline 'Youth bought drugs for teacher, says his lawyer'. Print Edition | Subscribe