| Fadley Faisal |
A 28-YEAR-OLD Malaysian man virtually walked free from prison after the High Court yesterday backdated his sentence of four years’ jail and three strokes of the cane with a fine of $4,000 or serve another four months’ jail in default after he had pleaded guilty to charges of possession of drugs for trafficking.
Jeffery Tang Siew Hock, 23, was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on May 20, 2010 at the basement of a shopping centre in Tanjong Bunut after they found him in possession of the drugs.
He was convicted on his guilty pleas on two counts of possession of 99 grammes and 13.666 grammes of cannabis.
Justice Dato Paduka Hairol Arni Hj Abd Majid backdated the four years’ prison sentence to run from the date of the defendant’s first day in custody on May 20, 2010 as it was considered as the defendant having served jail time whilst in remand.
Justice Dato Hairol Arni also took into account the delay of the case’s conclusion and gave discount on sentence which was considered in the decision passed yesterday.
The whipping order will be carried out on the defendant immediately by the Prisons Department.
Defence counsel for the defendant, Yusuf Halim of Messrs Sankaran Halim, submitted in mitigations on his client’s behalf, amongst others already taken into account by the court, the defendant has a seven-year-old son who now lives with his wife in Singapore and he possesses a clear record.
The case was prosecuted by DPP Pg Jasmine Pg Hj Bahrin.