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Blinded by Love? The Unwitting "Trafficker"

Our client was a 35-year-old Thai National – Puthitha Somchit – who was charged together with her Singaporean boyfriend for conspiring to traffic in heroin. Our client was in possession of 62g of heroin when she was arrested at the condominium unit where she resided with her boyfriend.

This was a particularly difficult case as our client admitted to knowing that she was helping her boyfriend to pack drugs, collect drug orders, give instructions for their delivery to others, and kept accounts of drugs sold and monies received. Our client was presumed by the provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Acts to know the drugs involved were heroin.

In assessing the evidence and after detailed interviews with our client, Thiru argued at the trial that whilst our client knew that she was dealing in drugs, she never knew that it was heroin. Thiru further argued that our client was rendered blind and not wilfully blind as she trusted her boyfriend who had rescued her from the streets and with whom she had plans for marriage.

Following a trial in the High Court, our client was acquitted of the capital charge. The Prosecution subsequently withdrew its appeal against the acquittal.

Listen to Somchit’s story – her arrest, her feelings when told that she could be hanged, and when she was eventually sentenced.

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