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Syabu: Man to know fate Feb 7
Published on: Saturday, January 15, 2022
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Kota Kinabalu: A 30-year-old man who was charged with trafficking 10,350.7gm of syabu will know his fate on Feb 7.

High Court Judge Datuk Nurchaya Hj Arshad fixed the date for Lee Kok Wah on Friday.

The case was supposedly for a decision at the end of defence case on Friday but the court adjourned the decision to Feb 7 as the court wants parties to file written submissions to argue further on Section 39B(2) and Section 2A of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Lee of Selangor was accused of committing the offence at 11.46am on April 8, 2018 at the arrival hall of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

The trial which commenced on Nov 6, 2019 saw 11 prosecution witnesses and one defence witness testified.

Lee, a construction worker, had opted to give evidence under oath.

He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) 1952 which carries a punishment with either the death penalty or life imprisonment and whipping with a minimum of 15 strokes, on conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Shafiq Mahadi prosecuted while Lee was represented by assigned counsel Chong Kian Ming.

Meanwhile, in the Magistrate’s Court, two men were sentenced to 24 months jail and ordered to be caned five times for having 17.58gm of syabu.

Md Shukri Packer, 29, and Md Saiful Ridzuan, 24, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun to committing the offence at 5.30pm on May 21, 2021 at Jalan Lintas, Luyang.

They were charged under Section 12(2) of the DDA which is punishable under Section 39A(1) of the same Section which carries a jail term of between two years and five years and whipping between three and nine lashes, on conviction.

Inspector Albert Basiri prosecuted while the duo was represented by counsel PJ Perira.

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