20 years jail, 15 caning for drug trafficker

Fadley Faisal

The High Court yesterday handed a 20-year jail sentence and 15 strokes of the cane to a man for possessing 66.63 grammes of methylamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking and other drug related offences.

Mohd Johari bin Ahmad @ Chen Lian Ho pleaded guilty to the first charge of possession for trafficking 66.63 grammes of methylamphetamine, a second charge of possession for trafficking 7.14 grammes of MDMA, a third charge of possession of 0.68 grammes of methylamphetamine, fourth and fifth charges of consuming methylamphetamine, a sixth charge of possession of 0.43 grammes of methylamphetamine and a final charge of possession of drug consumption paraphernalia.

On sentencing, Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong gave consideration to the circumstances of the case as well as its mitigating factors where, conceded by the prosecution, there was a “substantial” delay from the time the drug exhibits were sent for analysis on February 17, 2015 to the issuance of an analyst certificate over five years later.

The defendant’s instant guilty plea was also taken into account.

He also pleaded for leniency citing his family’s hardship when he is incarcerated. However, the Chief Justice said, “It cannot be one of the factors which can affect what would otherwise be the right sentence.

“Having regard to the principle of totality, the sentence is 20 years and 15 strokes backdated to the date of remand.”

Prosecutor Shamshuddin bin Haji Kamaluddin revealed earlier that the defendant was arrested in two separate incidents.

The first was in 2015 when Narcotics Control Bureau officers found him with 66.63 grammes of meth, 7.14 grammes of MDMA along with related offences at home, and the second in 2017 when he was arrested in his car at home for possessing 0.43 grammes of meth and related offences.