Drug abuser’s appeal against sentence dismissed

Fadley Faisal

The High Court yesterday upheld the Magistrate’s Court decision on handing a deterrent sentence to a habitual drug abuser.

Awangku Haji Abdul Razak bin Pengiran Haji Aliuddin was sentenced to three and a half years’ jail after he pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court on April 16, 2020 to a charge of consuming methylamphetamine.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong, guided by the provisions under Section 29 (3A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act for a second or subsequent offender to be liable to a minimum of three years imprisonment, said, “In view of the applicant’s two prior convictions for drug consumption, and it would appear he slipped back to drug use soon after serving his sentence for the last offence, the Magistrate rightly decided that a deterrent sentence above the prescribed minimum was appropriate.”

The Chief Justice found the sentence to be not excessive and dismissed the application.