KUCHING: The Magistrates’ Court today (Nov 22) sentenced a 29-year-old man to 10 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to possessing 0.15g of methamphetamine in September this year.
Senior Assistant Court Registrar Sandy Yvette Freddy meted out the sentence to the accused Hariss Husaini after pleading guilty to two counts read by an interpreter.
According to the first charge sheet, he was charged with the possession of 0.15g of Methamphetamine at Pasar Besar Petanak around 11.45am on Sept 3.
Therefore, he was prosecuted under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and read together with Section 12 (3) of the same Act, which carries a fine up to RM100,000 or a jail term of up to five years or both, if convicted.
On the same day, the accused is also alleged to have consumed the prohibited substance when he was detained at the Kuching Narcotics Crime Investigation Division (NCID) office around 12.30pm.
Hence, the accused is charged in accordance with Section 15 (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and can be punished under Section 15 (1) of the same Act, for taking prohibited drugs such as amphetamine and methamphetamine.
Upon conviction, the Section carries a fine up to RM5,000 or a jail term up to two years.
Sandy sentenced the accused to five months in jail for each count and ordered the sentences run concurrently from the date of his arrest on Sept 3.
In addition, the Court ordered the accused to be under police supervision for two years after serving his sentence.
Insp Nur Syafiqa Nyaie Ilin who prosecuted the case, requested that the accused be punished appropriately as a lesson to the accused.