Joseph Metuh Onyinye: freed from death in Malaysia
Here is the face of Joseph Metuh Onyinye, the lucky Nigerian who avoided a date with Malaysia’s executioner over an alleged drug offence.
However, he was handcuffed a short while after his release by officers from the Immigration Department as his visa had expired.
He may not be lucky on that score, as he may be bundled into the plane for a journey back to Nigeria, any time soon.
Justice Datuk Lim Chong Fong acquitted Onyinye of the charge of trafficking in 1.8kg of methamphetamine at the Miami Green Resort Condominium in Batu Ferringhi, at 3.10pm on Oct 31, 2014. The offence carries a death sentence.
The court ruled that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against Onyinye. Justice Lim said the prosecution had not proven possession, as the parcel was still unopened and intact at the time of Onyinye’s arrest.
Metuh Onyinye, a 35 year-old student in the country shed tears of joy and expressed gratitude repeatedly after being freed of the charge, without his defence called.