On 14 April 2011 High Court Judge Chan Seng Onn sentenced 27-year-old Malaysian Indian Dinesh Pillai Reja Retnam to death under the Mandatory Death Penalty as stipulated in the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Dinesh was arrested when 19.35g of heroin was found in a compartment under the seat of his motorcycle. It had been wrapped in brown paper together with packets of curry and chilli.
Although he had admitted to carrying in similar packages on two previous occasions, Dinesh claimed that he never knew they contained drugs.
Justice Chan said that he did not believe Dinesh, saying he did not make eye contact with immigration officers when he was checked, which showed that he was nervous.