KOTA BARU: A chicken seller was sentenced to 13 years' jail and ordered to be given 10 strokes of rotan by the High Court here yesterday after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possessing 1.9kg of cannabis last year.
Ouseng Sama-ae, 34, who was originally charged with trafficking the same amount of cannabis under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 at Kampung Berek, Banggu, on Jan 1, 2002, had his charge amended to possession under Section 39A of the same Act by the court.
On Monday, High Court judge Justice Sulaiman Daud amended the charge after the court ruled that there was no prima facie case against Ouseng at the end of the prosecution’s case.
Earlier, Ouseng’s counsel Muhammad Hasif Hasan, in mitigation, pleaded to the court for the lowest possible sentence because Ouseng had four children and was a single father.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Othman Yusof, however, argued that the amount of cannabis involved could cause untold damage to the younger generation if it was sold on the streets.
Justice Sulaiman said that court had no choice but to mete out a deterrent sentence because of public interest and the seriousness of the case.
“The court has to decide in favour of the public’s interest and a harsh sentence is therefore needed to commensurate with the crime,” he said.
Justice Sulaiman ordered the sentence to run from the date of arrest.
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