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Identical twins escape death penalty

KUALA LUMPUR: A pair of identical twins was acquitted and discharged by the High Court here Friday of drug trafficking because of difficulty in identifying which of the two was in possession of the drugs five years ago.

Justice Zaharah Ibrahim, who described the case as unique, said that although R. Sathis Raj and R. Sabarish Raj, 27, looked alike and had identical DNA, which made it difficult to differentiate between them, there was no doubt that one of them was the culprit.

”My job, as required by the law, is to determine whether the prosecution has succeeded in establishing a prima facie against the two accused. In this case, both are identical twins.

”Arresting officer Chief Inspector N. Sekaran, when identifying the first twin, was sceptical, but when asked by counsel, said that he needed some time and yet was still not so sure when identifying the first twin.

”A member in the arresting team, Kpl Mohamad Sidek Paiman, at first could not identify, but later asked for both the twins to stand and said there was a difference in their height. However, he identified the first twin as the one wearing spectacles.

”The question is, which of the twins was arrested first. Is it the one wearing the spectacles because at the time of arrest both were not wearing spectacles.

”Mohamad Sidek said he only identified them from the shirts they wore on that day,” she added.

Sathis Raj and Sabarish Raj were charged with their brother, R. Deva Raj, 43, now deceased, with two counts of trafficking in 166,336gm of canabis and 1,762gm of raw opium at a house in Jalan SS 2/19, Petaling Jaya, at about 4.05pm on Aug 5, 2003. Justice Zaharah said that based on the testimonies by the two policemen, there were doubts and the prosecution had failed to determine which of the twins was in possession of the drugs.

“One of the accused should be called to enter his defence but the question is which twin, because even the DNA cannot be used to determine the identity. On the day of the incident, both were not wearing spectacles. Otherwise, that could have been used as a basis for Mohamad Sidek to identify the first twin.

She said that although one of them was indeed in possession of the drugs, she was acquitting both because she could not afford to send the wrong person to the gallows.

After Justice Zaharah delivered her judgment, the twins, both clad in white shirts, cried and hugged each other.

Deputy public prosecutor Rosidah Abu Bakar prosecuted while counsel Gurbachan Singh appeared for the twins. - Bernama

Source: The Star Online

Note: I wonder what happened to fingerprints lol. Moral of the story? Don't leave fingerprints and wear the same shirt all the time when you want to commit a crime. Ps:- I am not liable should you try to do anything against the law nor do I condone the commitment of crimes.

Comments

TOLANIC.com said…
hello kellaw,
ehh your blog don't have cbox?
Myhorng said…
dude, u r free again huh..

gosh~ i so wish i have a twin.
Kellaw said…
tulanic - no cbox no tulan when ppl wanna spam lol.

Myhorng - havent free yet la. it's fully from the news. I read news all the time one. I wish I had one too then I can go rob the bank. Hahaha
reanaclaire said…
i didnt read the news today yet.. yeah, twins are cute.. but difficult to have 2 eggs la..haha.. if u know what i mean..
JohnnyWzM said…
nice blog u have.. keep up the good work
reanaclaire said…
i didnt read the star today yet.. twins are cute..but if both do wrong, there will be double heartache.. ouch.. so painful man..
Lisalicious said…
wah....
like that also can

i guess the LAW did not cater for twin's problems "-_-
Kellaw said…
Reana - it's online news la. getting 2 eggs is not the problem because then it ill not be identical twins. what you need is that it had been through the fertilization process and somehow they divide into 2 when only 2 cells are created from the process.

Johnny - thanks and welcome to my blog

reana - the main point here is stick as close as you can with your twins but only one does the deed lol.

lisa - what to do? apa pun boleh ma.
Andrew said…
omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its you!! wai hoe!! hahha... long lost friend!! =)

how are you doing man????
Andrew said…
lol.... its memang in ur blog wor... LOL =D

drew
eh? Error in comment. Izz okay I ll post once more.

What happens if either one of them knocked up the same girl.

I got a feeling that twins share girlfriends.

There was once they showed it on TV, On american Idol ! Funny as hell:D

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Kellaw said…
hamsap - i saw liao la your new skin. anyway both will not admit lol. dna test will be futile too judging that it will be the same as twins does have the same dna
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