Man gets six years’ imprisonment for drug related offences

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 43-year old man to serve six years in jail after the defendant pleaded guilty to drug related offences.

In his mitigation, Morni Hj Ismail, asked for a lenient sentence which is to run concurrently with a separate case where he had failed to pay the $800 fine for a recent road traffic offence.

The defendant was arrested during two separate occasions in 2012 and 2013.

On March 22, 2012, Morni and four others were arrested during a Narcotic Control Bureau raid at a house in Kg Perpindahan Lambak where drug related activities were suspected to have been taken place.

Following investigation, Morni was found to have been in possession of over four grammes of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was further tested positive with the presence of methamphetamine, locally known as syabu, in his system.

In 2013, Morni and another person were arrested for suspicion of drug related activities and this time by the police marine after they found the duo on a fishing boat around the vicinity of Putat river.

Investigation revealed that the defendant had been consuming drugs when he was tested positive with the presence of syabu in his system.

In delivering the verdict yesterday, senior magistrate Hj Nabil Daraina PDH Badaruddin noted that Morni is a repeat offender who has a string of previous conviction that began from 1999 up to 2009 of which the defendant has been serving jail term.

“Clearly, you have not seem to learn from your previous conviction and imprisonment term as the previous four years and 11 months in jail for drug consumption seems to have no effect at all,” said the senior magistrate.

The court further ordered for Morni to serve the imprisonment term with immediate effect and the seized drugs to be forfeited to the state.

The Brunei Times