BY DOMINIC WABALA
Judith Achieng Odoyo, 30, appeared in a Malaysian court on September 22 but was not allowed to plead to the charges of drug trafficking which carries a mandatory death sentence on conviction. Judith, who has been a student at a Nairobi college and doubled as a sales girl, is reportedly a resident of Outer Ring Road in Nairobi.
She was arrested at Kota Kinabalu International Airport with 5.064kg of amphetamine, which is worth USD475,950 (Sh48.5 million). Judith, who did not have her lawyer present, was found with the drugs when she was searched on arrival at the airport on September 13. She is scheduled to appear in court again on October 19 for the mention of the case when a chemist’s report on the drug will also be presented.
A medical examination conducted on her before she was arraigned in court revealed that the suspect suffers from fibroids. Another Kenyan woman is already serving a life sentence in Malaysia after she was convicted of drug trafficking. Barbara Wambui was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport in July 2010 with 2.7kg of amphetamine worth Sh19 million concealed in her luggage. Police also found a large sum of money in her luggage. Less than two months later—in September 2010—Nancy Ndungani Kahoya was arrested at the same airport with 3.3kg of amphetamine as she was on transit to Malaysia. She denied the charges.