The dubious distinction of being the first Briton to be hanged for drug trafficking in the former British colony of Malaysia fell to Derrick Gregory on Friday, July 21st, 1989. Gregory, from Richmond-on-Thames, was arrested at Bayan Lepas international airport in October 1982, while carrying over 500 grams of heroin in his underpants.

In the seven years between his arrest and execution it was claimed that he was mentally backward, but the Malay judiciary decided otherwise. He was executed in Pudu Prison, Kuala Lumpur.