Man arrested on suspicion of arson

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KUCHING: Police have arrested a man suspected of setting two houses on fire at Kampung Semarang here on this morning.

District police chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah said the 29-year-old suspect was arrested by a team from Gita Police Station at around 10.30am.

He noted that the suspect had 10 priors consisting of drug-related charges and property crimes.

“Preliminary drug test results also found the suspect positive for Methamphetamine use.

“The remand of the suspect under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code will be applied for in the Kuching Magistrate’s Court on Aug 6 at 8am for further investigation,” he said.

ACP Ahsmon said two investigation papers were opened against the suspect.

“The case is being investigated under Section 436 of the Penal Code for committing mischief by fire which provides for a fine or imprisonment for a period of up to one year and Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provides for a fine of not more than RM5,000 or imprisonment not more than two years for drug-related offences.”