Habitual offender receives six years’ jail, two strokes of ‘rotan’ for drug offences

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 1: The Sessions Court here sentenced a habitual drug offender to six years of imprisonment and two strokes of the ‘rotan’ for administering amphetamine and methamphetamine for the sixth time.

Kesuma, 46, from Kampung Panglima Seman Lama, pleaded guilty to the charge framed under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39C of the same Act, which carries imprisonment between five and seven years and not more than three strokes of the ‘rotan’.

Sessions Court Judge Maris Agan convicted him as charged and sentenced him to six years imprisonment and two strokes of the ‘rotan’.

He was found administering amphetamine and methamphetamine at the Kuching police district Narcotics Department office at about 3.25 pm on June 29, 2021.

He was previously charged and convicted five times of the charge of administering dangerous drugs in 2004, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sangari Ponnan prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented. — DayakDaily