Unemployed man sentenced to 7 years’ jail, 10 rotan strokes for cannabis possession

The accused being escorted by police.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 19: The Sessions Court here sentenced a jobless man to seven years’ imprisonment and ten strokes of the cane for cannabis possession.

Muhammad Izrol Abdillah, 30, from RPR Astana pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was sentenced by Judge Marutin Pagan.

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The accused was charged with possessing 86.95 grammes of cannabis at a room in his house at about 9.50pm on March 19, 2019.

He was charged under Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which is punishable under Section 39A(2) of the same Act, which carries an imprisonment term of not less than five years or imprisonment for life and whipping not less than ten strokes.

According to the facts of the case, a police team conducted a drugs raid at a house in RPR Astana. The door of the house was not locked. An inspection was conducted of a room downstairs, near the kitchen of the said house.

The police team found the accused inside the room and found a black pouch on the floor in front of the accused.

Inside the black pouch, a black plastic bag containing nine, five and one transparent plastic packets of dried plant material suspected to be cannabis was found. The gross weight of the items was 96 grammes.

DPP Nor Azhari Yusof prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsel Roy Angau Gingkoi. — DayakDaily