GEORGE TOWN: A man has been sentenced to 11 years’ jail and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan by a High Court here after he pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of drug possession.
Muhammad Syakir Saiful Azhar, 28, pleaded guilty to possessing 329.3gm of cannabis at a house in Taman Brown, Gelugor, at around 4.30pm on March 31, 2014.
He was originally jointly charged with two friends with drug trafficking under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence.
When the case came up yesterday, the prosecution offered the accused the alternative charge. Muhammad Syakir admitted guilt but his two friends Mohd Fazli Mohamed, 29, who is unemployed, and pest controller Herman Felani Ismail, 32, claimed trial (to the alternative charge).
Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah sentenced Muhammad Syakir but gave Mohd Fazli and Herman Felani a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Emma Syafawati Abdul Wahab prosecuted the case while R.S.N. Rayer represented Mohd Fazli and Herman Felani.
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