KOTA KINABALU: Thirteen men were jailed while some were also caned for drug-related offences at the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday.
Nine of them were jailed between seven months and two years for possessing syabu (methamphetamine).
Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie imposed the sentences on Mazil Ismail, Syahrul Khair Lahari, Azralisham Afiq Lakim, David Fong Nget Long, Sulaiman Hari, Aiyub Tapsi, Jamal Yawhari, Said Jakaria and Hamjalin Aladin after they pleaded guilty to charged under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
The charges carry a fine of up to RM100,000 or maximum of five year’s jail, or both, upon conviction.
The accused were arrested between September 6 and November 3 last year during separate operations in Likas, Penampang, Putatan, Inanam and Kota Kinabalu.
Syahrul was jailed for two years and given two strokes of the cane for possessing 7.28 grams of syabu.
The eight other accused were jailed between seven and 18 months for possessing syabu weighing between 0.03 and 0.70 grams.
Meanwhile, Denis Valerian, Adsman Manuel, Moore Abut and Jumar Kadir were jailed between six months and five years for drug abuse.
They pleaded guilty to the charge under Section 15 (1)(a) of the same Act, which carries a fine of not more than RM5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years, upon conviction.
Adsman was jailed five years and given two strokes of the cane.
His charge under Section 15 (1)(a) was read together with Section 39C (1)(b) of the Same Act, which carries a jail term of not less than five years and not exceeding seven years and whipping of not more than three strokes, upon conviction.
The other three accused were jailed six months.
The court also ordered all four of them to be put under police supervision for two years upon the completion of their respective sentences.
In mitigation, all of the accused prayed for a lenient sentence while prosecuting officer Inspector Rasydan Jasni urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence.