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Ex-navy man jailed, fined for having imitation pistol
Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 33-year-old former navy personnel was sentenced to 10 months' jail and fined RM1,500 or spend another 60 days behind bars for having an imitation pistol.

Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim handed the sentence to Mohd Noor Aziman who pleaded guilty to the charge against him on Thursday.

Mohd Noor was found having the imitation pistol at 11.01am on June 17, 2016 at a hotel counter in Papar.

The offence under Section 36(1) of the Arms Act 1960 carries a jail term of up to a year, and fine, on conviction.

The court ordered Mohd Noor to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest on June 17, 2016.

Mohd Noor paid the fine and was on Thursday released from prison as he had been under remand since he was arrested.

During mitigation, counsel Ram Singh who was assisted by counsel Timothy Daut, representing Mohd Noor, asked for a light sentence saying that his client was a navy personnel for 12 years and was never involved in any disciplinary issue while serving the navy.

Ram asked the court to impose a few months' jail sentence on Mohd Noor who regretted his wrongdoing.

According to Ram, Mohd Noor who has three children wished to return to his hometown in Kelantan as soon as possible after his release from prison. However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence due to the nature of the charge as well as to give a warning to the public at large.

Meanwhile, in another court, ten people were jailed four months for entering the State illegally.

The court handed the sentence to the foreigners after they admitted entering the State without valid documents.

The men also were handed a stroke of the cane each except for the young offenders.

They were arrested in different places at Manggatal, Beaufort, Inanam, Penampang and the city this month.

After completing their jail sentence, they were ordered referred to the Immigration Department. – Cynthia D Baga

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