Jobless youth gets 15 years six months’ jail, 20 strokes for drug offences

The accused with his counsel Lim Lian Kee.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, April 15: An unemployed youth was sentenced to a total of 15 years and six months behind bars and 20 strokes of the rotan for possessing cannabis.

Awang Jamalludin, 26, was slapped with three charges, and he pleaded guilty to all of them.

High Court Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli accepted the accused’s plea of guilt and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment and 10 strokes of the rotan for the first charge, five years’ jail and 10 strokes of the rotan for the second charge, and six months’ imprisonment for the third charge.

However, Azhahari ordered the imprisonment term and whipping to run concurrently from the date of arrest. This means Awang Jamalludin will be behind bars for 10 years and be whipped 10 times only.

For the first and second charges, he was alleged to be in possession of 689.66g of cannabis and 100.87g of cannabis respectively at a house in Kampung Tupong Batu on Aug 3, 2018, at about 6.30pm.

He was charged under Subsection 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Subsection 39A(2) of the same Act, which carries imprisonment not less than five years or life imprisonment and whipping of not less than 10 strokes, upon conviction.

For the third charge, he was alleged to be in possession of 42.56g of cannabis at a house in Kampung Tupong Batu on Aug 3, 2018, at about 6.30pm.

He was charged under Subsection 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Subsection 6 of the same Act, which carries a fine of up to RM20,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both, if convicted.

DPP Hayda Faridzal Abu Hasan prosecuted, while the accused was represented by Counsel Lim Lian Kee. — DayakDaily