Court rejects drug offender’s plea to get jail sentence reduced

|     Fadley Faisal     |

A REPEAT drug offender has failed in getting his three-year jail sentence reduced, with Chief Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong deeming that his reasoning of hardship and long period between reoffending does not warrant a sentence lower than the stipulated minimum.

Rosley bin Omar was sentenced to three years’ jail and ordered to settle a BND1,000 fine, or serve a month’s jail in default. He had consumed methylamphetamine in November 2014 and April 2015, and possessed utensils for consuming the drugs.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to all the charges, had a prior record of consuming a controlled drug in 1993, making him a second-time offender, an offence punishable with a minimum three years’ imprisonment.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Yvonne Lim represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent.