Four years jail time for repeat drug offence

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A LOCAL man was sentenced by the Magistrates’ Court yesterday to serve four years in prison for consuming methylamphetamine and skipping his compulsory narcotics supervision programme.

Pg Sharifuddin Pg Tajuddin, 39, had earlier pleaded guilty to five charges of consuming the Class A controlled substance known locally as Syabu and missing his weekly reporting to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) six times between March and August 2015.

The defendant had been previously convicted for consuming drugs on June 19, 2014.

The defendant had earlier been referred to the NCB supervision programme on November 18, 2014 for two years which required him to report once a week to his supervising NCB officer and provide a urine sample.

Five urine samples given from December to February 2015 tested positive for the presence of methylamphetamine upon analysis by the Department of Scientific Services and the defendant was then charged with the offences.

The presiding senior magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hj Mohd Hussain said in delivering the sentence that there was not much to be considered seeing as the defendant had turned back to consuming drugs not long after being convicted for the offence the first time.

He was subsequently sentenced to three years and six months’ imprisonment for each offence of consuming methylamphetamine, all of which were to be served concurrently, and one month’s imprisonment for each time he missed his compulsory NCB supervision programme reporting, which were to run consecutively.

His request to be able to start serving his prison sentences after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations was denied and the defendant was ordered to serve his sentence with effect from the day of his arrest.

Under section 6(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27, a re-offender’s penalty for the consumption of controlled substances is a minimum of three to ten years’ imprisonment, a fine of $20,000, or both.

The Brunei Times