Malaysian woman gets six years’ jail, fine for driving under drug influence

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR) – A 23-year-old Malaysian woman was sentenced to six years and seven months in prison and fined MYR11,300 at the Magistrate’s Court for driving under the influence of drugs and causing the death of a Navy officer.

Nur Fatin Nasrah Suhaimi pleaded guilty to all five charges that were read to her in two different courtrooms before judges Suhaila Shafi’uddin and R Salini.

Her right to have a driving licence was also revoked for six years.

According to the chargesheet in the first court, the accused drove a car under the influence of drugs, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and causing the death of another car driver, Mohd Rizal Buseri, 31.

The act is an offence under Section 44(1)(a) of the Road and Transport Act 1987 for driving under the influence of drugs and provides for imprisonment of between three and 10 years and a fine of between MYR8,000 and MYR20,000.

Nur Fatin Nasrah Suhaimi covers her face as she is escorted by police personnel. PHOTO: THE STAR

The accused was also charged under Section 26(1), Section 15(1), and Section 90(1) of the Road and Transport Act 1987 for driving without a licence, driving a vehicle without a road tax and driving without insurance.

Meanwhile, in a separate courtroom, Nur Fatin Nasrah was also charged under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for being positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.

The Act provides for a fine not exceeding MYR5,000 or a jail term not exceeding two years, and subject to supervision under a correctional officer for not less than two years and a maximum of three years.

The prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman and Noridayu Md Kassim, while the accused was not represented.

Nur Fatin Nasrah, in her plea, said she was sorry for what she had done and had asked for forgiveness from the family of the victim.

However, Tengku Amir Zaki, in his argument, said the court should uphold public interest and send a message that stern action would be taken for the offence.

Judge Suhaila sentenced the accused to six years in prison, imposed a fine of MYR8,000 with one surety and revoked her right to have a driving licence.

She was also fined MYR3,300 for the offence under Section 26(1), Section 15(1), and Section 90(1) of the same Act and rights to have a driving licence revoked for an additional year.

Judge Salini sentenced the accused to seven months in jail and two months of supervision from the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) for the offence under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.