Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong yesterday dismissed an appeal by a police officer who was jailed with whipping for harbouring immigration offenders, condemning it saying “it erodes public trust and confidence in the police”.
Corporal 4160 Norazrin bin Besar was jointly charged with his Lance Corporal for three offences of allowing foreign nationals illegal entry into the country and three offences of harbouring them.
The defendant denied the charges, went for trial and was found guilty, convicted and sentenced to two years and 11 months’ jail with three whipping.
Norazrin and his accomplice met three Filipina who arrived by boat at Serasa Beach from Labuan on October 25, 2017 afternoon.
The two men brought the women to the accomplice’s police barracks where they allowed the illegal immigrants to stay and provided them food and took them on sightseeing excursions.
On October 31, 2017, police raided the barracks and the three women were arrested.
Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong said that “this is an outrageous breach of trust by two police officers who, instead of protecting the public from crime and maintaining law and order, abused their positions to commit serious offences”.
“Having regard to the gravity of the offence and that the appellant was convicted after a trial the sentence of the court below is certainly not excessive. In my view, if anything, it erred on the side of leniency even taking into account the delay of the case,” the Chief Justice said dismissing the appeal. DPP Siti Aisyah binti Haji Lakim represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent.