Man claims trial over two drug charges

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A LOCAL man claimed trial over two of seven charges for drug-related offences at the Magistrates Court yesterday.

Defendant Royzaily Kasni maintained his innocence of the charge of possession of methylamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and of the possession of paraphernalia used for the consumption of the Class A drug, locally known as Syabu.

Presiding Magistrate Ak Shahyzul Khairuddien Pg Abd Rahman set the trial date for the case on January 23.

The defendant, who has a previous conviction for possession and consumption of controlled substances in 2007, alleged that the drugs and syringe in question didn’t belong to him.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty last Thursday to four charges of possessing and consuming methylamphetamine over a period of 20 months between 2012 and 2014

He also pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing a syringe used to administer methylamphetamine.

Narcotics officers from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) apprehended the defendant during a raid on a house in Kg Perpindahan Mata-Mata in November 2014.

During the raid, the defendant handed over a plastic straw containing methylamphetamine crystals.

He was then brought to the NCB office on Jln Tungku to give a urine sample which tested positive for methylamphetamine.

He was previously apprehended in separate raids by NCB officers on May 23, 2013 and July 30, 2014, where he had his urine sample taken.

The samples tested positive for methylamphetamine on both occasions and he was found to be in possession of a syringe containing the Class A drug on the latter occasion.

Under sections 6(a) and 6(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27, possession of controlled substances carries a minimum penalty of two to ten years imprisonment, a fine of $20,000, or both, while the penalty for the consumption of controlled substances is a minimum of three to ten years’ imprisonment, a fine of $20,000, or both.

Possession of paraphernalia intended for the consumption of drugs, which is an offence under section 7 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment, a fine of $10,000, or both.

Royzaily will be sentenced for all the charges against him upon the conclusion of the trial for the two charges he had pleaded not guilty to.

The defendant has been ordered to be further remanded at Jerudong prison while awaiting trial.

The Brunei Times