KOTA BHARU (Bernama): A single mother who claimed she was raped by a police officer while in custody, was on Tuesday (June 15) charged in the Magistrate's Court, here, with distributing and possessing drugs in a house earlier this month.
The 28-year-old woman was jointly charged with her 29-year-old ex-husband. They nodded their understanding after the charges were read out to them before Magistrate Kamarul Hasyime Rosli.
According to the first charge, the two accused were charged with jointly distributing drugs believed to be methamphetamine weighing 61g at a house in Kampung Bunut Payong, near here, at 4.20pm, on June 4.
They were charged under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39B (2) of the same act which provides for the death penalty upon conviction.
They were also charged with possession of the same type of drug weighing 13.6g at the same place, time and date under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which if convicted can be punished under Section 39A (1) of the same act which carries a maximum jail term of five years and whipping.
No plea was recorded from the two accused as the death penalty falls under the jurisdiction of the High Court.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Edabayu Subhan appeared for the prosecution while the accused were unrepresented. The court fixed Aug 15 for the next mention.
On June 9, it was reported that a police officer was remanded to assist in the investigation of an oral sex and rape case involving the single mother in a room at the district police headquarters, here, on June 5.- Bernama