Blacksmith jailed 5 years, fined RM4,500 for possessing parang and stolen items

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, June 15: The Sessions Court here sentenced a blacksmith to 5 years’ imprisonment for possessing a parang in his car.

Wong Pook Chai, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge framed under Section 7 (1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, which provides for a jail term of between 5 years to 10 years, upon conviction.

He was charged with possessing a parang in a car that was parked in front of an unnumbered house in Kampuang Tabuan Melayu, at about 8pm on June 5, 2022.

According to the brief facts of the case, the complainant’s house was broken into on June 1. When the complainant reached her house after it was broken into, the accused was in the house compound and the house was found to be unsecured.

The complainant then discovered that three bedrooms in her house were in mess and she had lost about RM15,800.

A police report was made thereafter and the police arrested the accused on June 5. The accused tried to flee when he saw the police and acted aggressively.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Tan Chuan Yi prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel.

Tan also informed that court that the accused was also charged with three charges of possessing stolen items during the same incident at the Magistrate’s Court here today.

The police had also found stolen items in the car which includes three luxury watches, four smart phones, ATM cards, a gold necklace and a ring.

Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi sentenced him to a fine of RM3,000 or in default to 3 months’ imprisonment on the charge framed under Section 411 of the Penal Code.

The accused was also sentenced to a fine of RM1,500 or in default to 1 month’s imprisonment each to two charges framed under Section 37(1) of the Sarawak Minor Offences Ordinance 1958. — DayakDaily