Sarawak nurse on heroin charge in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan 7 — A nurse from Sarawak will appear in the magistrate’s court here on Monday on a charge of importing drugs into Australia.

Beatrice Laus Johie, of Kuching, was found to have about 1.5kg of heroin in her luggage when she landed at Melbourne airport on November 6 last year, according to a Bernama report.

The 28-year-old divorced mother of three was charged the next day and has been remanded in custody since.

Malaysian consul-general here Dr Mohd Rameez Yahaya visited Beatrice at the women’s prison in Deer Park, about 30km west of here on Thursday.

According to the Bernama report, Beatrice told him she did not know she was carrying the drug.

Her Legal Aid lawyer has told her that none of the fingerprints found on the package containing the drug belonged to her.

Beatrice claimed her travelling bag was packed by her Nigerian boyfriend (name and phone number have been supplied to the authorities here and in Malaysia) who hurried her to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to catch an AirAsia flight to Melbourne.

She said she took leave from her hospital in Kuching after her 21-year-old boyfriend, a student at a college, had asked her to come to Kuala Lumpur for a few days but when she arrived in Kuala Lumpur, he said they were going to Australia for a holiday.

But on the day of departure, he claimed he had problems with his visa and could not accompany her to Melbourne and asked her to go ahead, Beatrice claimed.


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