Jobless man charged with trafficking drugs
Published on: Saturday, May 14, 2022
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Kota Kinabalu: A 46-year-old unemployed man was tentatively charged in the Magistrate’s Court here, Friday, with trafficking 51.6gm of syabu.

Sh Sohor Sh Sahak was accused of committing the offence at 9.15pm on May 1 this year at the roadside of Cenderakasih, Metro Town, near here.

However, no plea was taken from Sohor after the charge was read out to him.

The charge, under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, carries a punishment of either the death penalty or life in prison and whipping with a minimum of 15 strokes.

The prosecution applied for a new mention date while waiting for the chemist’s report and proposed no bail as the charge against Sohor has no provision for bail.

Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles fixed June 13 for mention and ordered Sohor to be remanded further.

In another case, a 23-year-old man was fined RM1,500 or two months’ jail for engaging in online gambling activity.

Md Irfan Md Sham pleaded guilty to playing the Mega 888 classic online casino game with a handphone at 9.20pm on March 10, 2021 at premises at Inanam Light Industries, Kolombong.

The court was informed that Irfan was arrested by police in a raid and seized his handphone and RM344 in cash from him.

Irfan, who was not represented, requested for a lower fine as he is currently unemployed.

Irfan was charged under Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which provides for a fine of up to RM5,000 or up to six months’ jail, or both, on conviction.

Meanwhile, two men were charged with committing mischief by cutting 35m electric cable.

Unemployed Md Iqbal Haqimi Ariffin, 21, and Andrian Andulon, 28, were accused of cutting the cable belonging to Syarikat Perwira Progresif Construction Sdn Bhd at 1.30pm on May 9 at a site near Petronas Tebobon, Manggatal.

They claimed trial to the charge under Section 431A of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to two years or fine or both on conviction.

The prosecution in applying for another mention date proposed bail at RM4,000.

The court set June 13 for mention and released the duo on a bail of RM1,300 each.

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