Australian's drug dealing trial begins in Malaysia

Australian's drug dealing trial begins in Malaysia

Australian's drug dealing trial begins in Malaysia

Updated 3 December 2012, 17:41 AEDT

The trial of of Australian Dominic Bird has begun in Malaysia as he fights drug trafficking charges that carry the death penalty.

The trail of an Australian man facing the death penalty for drug trafficking has begun in Malaysia.

Dominic Bird, 32, from the Western Australian city of Perth is accused of attempting to sell a large quantity of methamphetamine to undercover Malaysian police officers.

He walked into the court, unshackled at the ankles but handcuffed.

He chatted at length with his father Clayton Bird and sister Debbie during an adjournment, smiling and appearing to be in good health and spirits.

He was arrested at a coffee shop in central Kuala Lumpur in March after offering 167 grams of methamphetamine to the police.

The prosecution has so far called police witnesses, who have responded to questions about the collection and storage of evidence that was seized during and after the bust.

Possession of more than 50 grams of the drug attracts a mandatory death penalty in Malaysia.