Teacher fined for drug possession, abuse
Posted on August 4, 2012, Saturday
TAWAU: A primary school teacher from Kunak was fined a total of RM6,500, in default a total of fourteen months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday for drug possession and abuse, while a female clerk claimed trial for drug possession.
Magistrate Edward Paul meted out the sentence on Mohammad Dzulkarmain bin Mickley, 41, to a charge under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, for drug possession which provides a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment not more than five years or both, and Section 15(1)(a) of the same Act for abuse which provides a fine up to RM5,000, and imprisonment up to two years’.
For the first count, Edward fined the accused RM5,000 in default eleven months’ jail, and for the second count a fine of RM1,500 in default three months’ jail and two years’ police observation.
The clerk, Maryati bte Kassim, 34, who was detained together with the accused claimed trial to possession and was allowed police bail of RM3,000 with two local sureties. Her trial has been fixed on August 6.
Prosecuting officer Inspector Joan Lee told the court that on November 12, 2011 at about 4.20pm, police from the narcotics unit were doing drugs intelligence operation near Restoran BB Corner, Airport Road, and detained both accused who were inside an Isuzu D-Max. The police found a digital weighing scale and seven plastic packets of methamphetamine hidden near the acceleration pedal. The teacher was tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine abuse at the police station. The father of five admitted to taking the drugs since 2008 because of the influence from friends.