DNA testing evidence helps quash death row inmate’s conviction

By Chong Joe En

On the 11th of March 2013, in the case of Mervin Singh v Public Prosecutor, the Singapore Court of Appeal quashed the drug-trafficking conviction of death row inmate Mervin Singh. The decision is notable for the court’s admission of DNA evidence – specifically the lack of the accused’s DNA upon the contraband – to rebut the presumption in s 18(2) of the Misuse of Drugs Act of possession of controlled drugs.

More information in the links below:

http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/2013/03/17/singapore-dna-analysis-results-among-others-leads-to-the-quashing-of-death-row-inmates-conviction-by-the-singapore-court-of-appeal/

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Crime/Story/A1Story20130310-407514.html

Credits go to Assistant Professor Cheah Wui Ling, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, and K.C. Vijayan, The Straits Times.

Chong Joe En, 22, is a first-year student at National University of Singapore (Law)

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Chong Joe En, 22, is a first-year student at National University of Singapore (Law)

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