Local man fined $2,300 for consuming syabu

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BELAIT

AN 18-year-old Bruneian was fined $2,300 yesterday at the Kuala Belait Magistrate's Court for consuming methylamphetamine and possessing the tools to inhale it.

Muhammad Nur'izzwan Zulirwan pleaded guilty to a charge of consuming the Class A controlled drug in 2013 and possessing utensils with traces of methylamphetamine a year later.

Despite being only 15 years old at the time of the first offence, Muhammad Nur'izzwan was charged and sentenced as an adult yesterday, as the prosecuting officer from the Narcotic Control Bureau (BKN) cited a provision under the Children and Young Persons Act that allows those who have reached 18 by the court hearing date to be tried outside a juvenile court.

“Under section 10 (6) under chapter 219 of the Children and Young Persons Act, it states a person who has attained the age of 18 on the commencement date of the hearing of the charge shall not be tried by a juvenile court,” motioned the prosecuting officer yesterday, with the presiding magistrate agreeing.

The 18-year-old was first stopped by BKN at the Sg Tujoh Control Post in January 2013, where he was searched, but was found to be clean. He was brought to BKN's office in KB straight after, where he was told to give a urine sample that later tested positive for methylamphetamine.

The narcotics bureau also found a clear glass tube with white and black patches, later certified to be traces of methylamphetamine, after searching Muhammad Nur'izzwan's bedroom on July1, 2014.

In a separate customs case, a permanent resident was fined $650 dollars for bringing in 60 cans of Carlsberg beer and 10 bottles of White Arrack, a hard liquor.

Yee Fong Ching plead guilty for failing to declare the alcoholic beverages, claiming that they were for her own consumption.

The 27-year-old was found with the items when she was passing through the customs section at the Sg Tujoh Control Post on April 13.

The Brunei Times