A Perth man faces the death penalty after he was allegedly caught selling
methamphetamine in Malaysia last week.
Malaysian police yesterday confirmed 32-year-old Dominic Jude Christopher Bird,
formerly of Success, had been charged with possessing 225g of the drug after a
raid on a coffee house just outside Kuala Lumpur's central business district on
Mr Bird's father Clayton had not been told of his son's arrest when he was
contacted by The West Australian yesterday and was desperate for more
information last night.
A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed that a 32-year-old WA man
had been arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine, commonly known as
speed. Consular officials were trying to visit the man.
Malaysian police national director of narcotics Datuk Noor Rashid said it would
be alleged Mr Bird was trying to sell the drugs in Kuala Lumpur, but police
believed he also intended to smuggle drugs back to Australia.
Under Malaysian law, a person convicted of possessing more than 50g of speed is
declared a drug trafficker and sentenced to death.
In 1986, Perth men Kevin John Barlow and Brian Geoffrey Shergold Chambers were
hanged for trafficking 141.9g of heroin.
Datuk Rashid said Mr Bird was 1 of 4 men arrested.
"He is part of a group," Datuk Rashid said. "Subsequently we arrested another
three people. He is being detained in KL now."
Clayton Bird said his son had been in trouble with the law previously and had
fallen in with "the wrong crowd".
Until 6 months ago, Dominic Bird had lived with his father in Success, but he
moved out when his father went on a 6-week holiday to the US. When Mr Bird
returned, his son had moved into an apartment in Mt Lawley. The pair kept in
touch only by phone.
Mr Bird said he had been unable to contact his son recently. He could not get
through when he tried to call yesterday.
Foreign affairs officials told him they could not provide further information
without his son's permission.
A police source in Kuala Lumpur said Dominic Bird, who said he was a truck
driver, had been to Malaysia several times, most recently in January. He was
likely to be remanded in custody to appear in a Malaysian court within 10 days.
"But we don't like to arrest foreigners," the source said.
Mr Bird studied at Christian Brothers College in Fremantle and had worked as a
dog groomer and physical trainer. He has a sister and is thought to have a
girlfriend. His mother died about 12 years ago.
(source: Yahoo News)