Briton caught with `parang’ in a public place released on good behaviour bond

The court complex in Kuching.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, March 15: A British citizen who was charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place was released on bond of good behaviour for two years and with one surety of RM10,000.

Taylor Edwin was sent to Hospital Sentosa for observation for a month on Jan 30 as Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Nor Azhari Yusof thought he might not be fit to go on trial.

But the accused mental report showed he is fit for trial.

The court fixed today for pre-trial case management and Edwin pleaded guilty to the charge.

Sessions Court judge Marutin Pagan accepted the guilty plea, but made it clear that the accused is liable to be called to receive judgement should he commits any criminal offence during the bond period and that he might be referred to the Immigration Department for deportation.

Taylor Edwin was charged with possessing a ‘parang’ at Carpenter Street, in front of a Chinese Temple, at about 7.15pm on Jan 26.

He was charged under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substance and Offensive Weapon Act 1958, which provides for an imprisonment term of not less than five years and not more than 10 years and whipping.

Edwin was not represented by a counsel. — Dayakdaily