Back in the courthouse: Muhamad Faisal being led out of court in George Town, Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: The 40-year-old man who escaped custody at the Penang courthouse and then turned himself in to the police three days later was charged in a magistrate’s court here with drug possession.
Muhamad Faisal Naina Mohamad from Bagan Jermal, Butterworth, claimed trial to possessing 0.4gm of heroin behind a house in Taman Tun Sardon, Hilir Pemancar, in Gelugor here at around 1pm on June 13.
The offence under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which is punishable under Section 12(3) of the same Act, carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term of up to five years or both upon conviction.
Muhamad Faisal also denied a second charge of administering himself with morphine at the Narcotics Criminal Investigation division in the George Town police headquarters at about 2.30pm the same day.
The offence under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries a jail term of up to two years or a maximum fine of RM5,000 upon conviction.
ASP Mohammad Khairul Ali, who was representing DPP Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, sought a RM3,000 bail for each charge.
Muhamad Faisal, who was unrepresented, sought a lower bail amount, saying that he had two children with disabilities.
Magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azahar set bail at RM3,000 in one surety for the first charge and RM1,700 in one surety for the second charge. She fixed Aug 19 for mention pending the chemist report.
On June 17 at 8.40am, Muhamad Faisal, who was supposed to be charged with drug possession, made a dash for it when he managed to loosen his handcuffs upon arriving at the court building in a police vehicle with 13 others.
Three days later, he surrendered at the district police headquarters in Patani Road.