22 Years Behind Bars For Cannabis
Bandar Seri Begawan – A Chinese man was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane by the High Court yesterday after he was found guilty of two charges of trafficking cannabis totalling 444.448gm.
The defendant, Chiang Chee Yee who was represented by Counsel Mr Hj Zul-Sukarla was first convicted for having in possession for the purposes of trafficking 415.335gm of cannabis on Oc 23, 2003. He was sentenced to 22 years and 15 strokes for that offence.
Meanwhile, the defendant was sentenced to 4 years and 4 strokes on a second charge for having in possession
for the purposes of trafficking the same drugs weighing 29.113gm on Oct 24 the same year. However, Judge Datin Paduka Hjh Hayati ordered for the sentences to run concurrently.
In sentencing, Judge Datin Paduka noted that possession of 600gm for the purposes of trafficking attracts the death penalty. In law, possession of 400-600gm attracts the minimum of 20 years and 15 strokes, a maximum 30 years.
She took into account the not guilty plea, the amount of drugs and the minimum penalty imposed before passing the sentence. More than 15 witnesses were called in by the prosecution led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Pg Nina Jasmine during the trial. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin