Local man to serve 17 years jail for drug trafficking

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THE Intermediate Court on Thursday sentenced a man to serve 17 years in jail and seven strokes of the cane after he was found guilty for drug trafficking.

Ahmad Hj Mahmud claimed trial in 2013 over the charge of possession of over 30 grammes of methamphetamine, locally known as syabu, on November 11, 2012.

The drug was for the purpose of trafficking but the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of consuming the drug. The defendant was represented by defence counsel Ridzlan Hj Ibrahim.

During the trial, prosecuting officer Emily Goh called a total of seven witnesses to give evidence against the defendant while the defence counsel only called Ahmad who testified that that the drugs were only meant for personal consumption.

Following the conviction, the Intermediate Court judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metussain ordered Ahmad to serve the sentence with effect from March 31, 2015.

The Brunei Times