Bruneian to serve 3 years behind bars for ‘syabu’ consumption

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BELAIT

A LOCAL man was sentenced to three years in jail after being found guilty of consuming methylamphetamine on two separate occasions in 2010 and 2011.

The jail sentence imposed on Marzinie Marsal comes as a minimum requirement, as the defendant already has a prior conviction in 2002 for using controlled drugs.

Kuala Belait Magistrate Harnita Zelda Skinner in her ruling yesterday dismissed Marzinie’s claims that the padlock to a box where his urine sample was kept was not genuine, after prosecution provided records from the Department of Scientific Services which revealed that the padlock was indeed registered to the department.

Although no drugs were found on Marzinie in September 2010 and Febuary 2011, the Magistrate said the defendant failed to prove that his positive tests for the Class A drug methylamphetamine, commonly known as syabu, were false.

Both charges levelled against Marzinie fall under Section 6(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, which states that the prosecution need only to prove that the accused has consumed controlled drugs, without having to state the exact place where the offence was committed.

According to the prosecution side, led by Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) Officer Sitifauziah Ahmat, the defendant was first found on the road side in Kg Jabang, Seria on September 21, 2010.

NCB officers in the area approached Marzinie, who ran from them before being apprehended. The officers then searched the defendant’s car, but no drugs were found. Five months later, NCB raided his residence in Seria, but again failed to find any drugs.

On both occasions, Marzinie’s urine sample was taken and tested positive for methylamphetamine.

Magistrate Harnita Zelda Skinner imposed three year imprisonment sentences for both charges, but ordered that these be served concurrently with each other.She also told the defendant to use his time in jail to “turn over a new leaf”, and not to repeat the offence upon release.

The Brunei Times