Taking Syabu inside prison!
Published on: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
By: Jo Ann Mool

KOTA KINABALU: A Magistrate questioned the serious lax in Sabah’s prisons security which enabled a rapist currently serving a 33-year sentence to get his hands on Syabu while in jail.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie, who was appalled to see such case appearing before the court, said it raised a lot of questions about prisons security.

“How can prisoners get drugs inside? Did he bring it in? Surely he (new inmate) would have been checked by the prison guards prior to that,” Stephanie said when hearing the case of a convicted rapist who was caught taking syabu while serving sentence.

Mohd Ariffin Bidin, 40, pleaded guilty before Stephanie to committing the offence at noon on May 21 this year at the central prison here.

The charge under Section 15(1) of the of the Dangerous Drug Act which provides for a fine of up to RM5,000 or up to two years jail on conviction.

Ariffin informed the court that he is currently serving 23 years jail on two counts of rape, which run concurrently, plus 10 lashes of the cane each.

Asked by the court how he obtained the drug, Ariffin said he got them from a new inmate who happened to be his friend.

Ariffin, who was unrepresented, added that the prison department found him taking the drugs when tested on May 21.

Stephanie ordered Ariffin to serve six months jail and ordered him to serve the sentence consecutively with his other jail terms that he is currently serving.

Ariffin was jailed 33 years jail for several charges of kidnaping, raping and sexually abusing a 20-year-old Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) student in 2008 as well as causing grievous hurt to the woman and car thefts.

Meanwhile, 10 other people were penalised for taking drugs.

Dzulhadin Halim, Md Faisal Idrus, Abd Majid Aliasdar, Rosman Abdul, Md Nashriq Jamalul, Patson Jinius, Musa Osman, Roslee Yusuf, Flora Roni and Asrizal Jamaludin admitted to committing the offence at separate locations here in June.

Dzulhadin, Faisal, Majid, Rosman and Nashriq were each fined RM3,500 or 12 months jail each while the rest were handed six months jail.

In the same court, three men were jailed for having syabu.

Edin Osman, Jimar Maikel and Alpitri Mustapa admitted to committing the offence in June as framed under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 provides for a fine of up to RM100,000 or up to five years jail or both on conviction.

Inspector Suzie @ Stephanie Kupit prosecuted.


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