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SA man caught with drugs in Malaysia sentenced to death

Deon Cornelius was found carrying 2 kilos of drugs after arriving at Penang International Airport in 2013.

FILE: A South African security guard has been sentenced to death by a High Court in Malaysia after being found guilty of drug trafficking. Picture: Stock.XCHNG.

JOHANNESBURG - A South African security guard has been sentenced to death by a High Court in Malaysia after being found guilty of drug trafficking.

Deon Cornelius was found to be carrying two kilograms of methamphetamine after arriving at Penang International Airport in 2013.

The 28-year-old has now been sentenced to death by hanging.

Cornelius's family initially thought he would get a 10-year-sentence under a deal with Malaysian prosecutors.

His wife, Angelique Cornelius's Facebook page is full of loving messages for her husband, but in her latest post, she shares the devastating news of his sentence.

Two kilograms of methamphetamine were found inside Cornelius's laptop bag.

He says the bag was given to him by a man named "Tony" to bring to Malaysia and that he was unaware of its contents.

However, the judge found that he had knowledge of the drugs in the bag and that he only mentioned "Tony" as an afterthought.

Cornelius, who has a five-year-old daughter, was charged under Malaysia's Dangerous Drugs Act which carries a mandatory death sentence.