Family drug case adjourned pending analyst’s report

Fadley Faisal

Prosecutors informed the Magistrate’s Court yesterday that an analyst’s report in a case involving a family drug business, in which the defendants are facing the death penalty is still pending.

Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar adjourned the case to October 22 for further mention, after DPPs Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Latiff and Affyian bin Abdul Rahman informed the court that the prosecution is awaiting reports of exhibits sent to the Department of Scientific Services while forensic analysis of the seized phone and money laundering investigations are still underway.

Ahmad bin Haji Tamit and his wife Maskunah binti Wahab together with their children Isamuddin, Mohammad Saifuddin and Siti Izzatul Munirah and her husband Jakaria bin Ahad are charged with two offences under Section 3A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27.

The defendants are alleged to possess 18.9943 kilogrammes of methylamphetamine, for trafficking purposes.

The methylamphetamine was allegedly found in the backyard of a house on Jalan Junjongan.

Allegations also stated they had in their possession 532.44 grammes of class A drug methylamphetamine in bottles, for trafficking, also found near the same vicinity.

The defendants lived in the houses within the said vicinity.

Isamuddin faces one individual charge of being in possession, for the purpose of trafficking, 54.1 grammes of methylamphetamine inside a black plastic bag in the vicinity of a house on Jalan Junjongan. The offence carries between 20 and 30 years imprisonment with mandatory whipping of 15 strokes.

Siti Izzatul Munirah and Jakaria were also charged for possessing proceeds of crime contrary to Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order, 2012 which are a house estimated at BND80,000 and over BND100,000.

They are also being charged with concealing the true ownership of a vehicle by registering the car under a third party’s name.

Siti Izzatul Munirah also faces a charge of possessing over 50 pieces of gold jewellery, allegedly proceeds of the crime.

Counsels Roy Prabhakaran and Pengiran Muhammad Khairul Nizam bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Yassin of Messrs Yusof Halim and Partners represented the defendants.