Man released on bond after being charged with wielding a parang in public

The accused is escorted by a police officer after the hearing.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, May 18: The Sessions Court here has released a man on a bond of good behavior to a charge of illegally possessing a parang (machete) in public.

Andy James, 32, pleaded guilty to a charge framed under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958, which carries an imprisonment term between five years and 10 years and whipping, upon conviction.

Sessions Court Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad convicted the accused as charged and ordered him to be released on a bond of good behavior under Section 294 of the Criminal Procedure Code(CPC) with one local surety and RM8,000 for a period of two years.

He was found possessing a parang without a lawful purpose in front of a 24-hour store at Kuching Sentral, at about 3.40pm on May 13, 2022.

The accused in his mitigation said the parang was for self protection as someone had been threatening his family members.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Chuan Yi confirmed that based on the facts of the case, the accused was not preparing to commit another offence when he was arrested at the material time, he was just merely making a scene. — DayakDaily