Drug abuser’s appeal dismissed 

Fadley Faisal

The High Court yesterday threw out a man’s appeal against his four-year sentence, taking into account his 30-year history of illegal substance abuse.

Jaya bin Haji Abdul Ghani was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court on August 25, following his guilty plea to a charge of consuming methylamphetamine.

“The present offence was committed on November 13, 2016. The applicant has five previous drug consumption convictions, starting in 1991,” Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong said, when giving thought to the application.

“In light of the applicant’s prior convictions, the Magistrate was required to pass a minimum sentence of three years’ imprisonment. Considering the applicant’s long history of drug abuse and that the present offence occurred shortly after his release from a 23-year prison sentence for drug trafficking and drug consumption, the Magistrate’s sentence cannot be faulted,” the Chief Justice said, further dismissing the appeal after seeing no arguable case against the sentence brought up by the applicant.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Pengiran Nor ‘Azmeena binti Pengiran Haji Mohiddin represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent.