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The Star Online (web only), Kuala Lumpur, 10 October 2013
Romanian mechanic escapes gallows on drug charge, gets 8-year jail
By Nurbaiti Hamdan
SHAH ALAM: A 29-year-old Romanian mechanic escaped the gallows when a High Court here sentenced him to eight years in jail and 10 strokes of the cane for drug possession on Thursday.
Stefan Coroi was initially charged with drug trafficking, which provided a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
He was found guilty of possessing 2.5kg of methamphetamine at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 9.30pm on April 10, last year.
Justice Nurchaya Arshad on Thursday found the prosecution has failed to prove its case on the trafficking charge but proven the elements of possession instead.
The jail sentence was ordered to run from the date of arrest.
Corpun file 24801 at www.corpun.com
The Borneo Post, Kuching, 11 October 2013, p.5
7 years, 5 strokes for causing hurt to woman
By Anasathis Jenis
KUCHING: A fishmonger was sentenced to seven years' jail and five strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here yesterday after he pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt to a woman when snatching her handbag last month.
Mohamad Shariman Alwi, 30, was convicted on an amended robbery charge read under Section 392 of the Penal Code by Judge Timothy Finlayson Joel, who ordered the custodial sentence to take effect from the date of his arrest.
Shariman committed the offence at a bus stop in front of a school at Jalan Semarak in Petra Jaya about 3pm on Sept 9.
The brief fact of case stated that the 19-year-old victim was riding a motorcycle home when a stranger on another motorcycle rode past and grabbed her handbag which was placed in the motorcycle's basket.
She sustained injuries on her shoulder. He also shoved a knife to the victim when she gave chase.
The bag contained a mobile phone and a few other personal documents.
During the ensuing chase, a passing car knocked him down and was later arrested by the police who were called to the scene.
In the victim's statement, she said she was traumatised following the incident.
DPP Poh Yihh Tin prosecuted while Shariman was not represented by any lawyer.
Corpun file 24959 at www.corpun.com
The Borneo Post Online (web only), 29 October 2013
Indonesian gets 12 years, whipping for having syabu
TAWAU: A 21-year-old Indonesian man was sentenced to 12 years' jail and ten strokes of the cane by the High Court here yesterday for possession of 2,331.40 grams of syabu.
High Court judge Chew Soo Ho meted out the sentence on Abdullah bin Borhan who was charged under Section 39A(2) of the Dangerous Drug Act which provides imprisonment of not less than five years, but not more than 30 years, and not less than ten strokes, and not more than 24 strokes of the cane.
Abdullah was accused of committing the offence about 60 meters from the Sabindo sea around 12.05pm on August 14.
Deputy public prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah yesterday told the court that a marine boat on routine surveillance alongside the Sabindo coastal area saw a suspicious character (the accused) with a bag pack on his back, getting into one of the boats at the coast. The boat then ferried the accused from the coastal area.
The marine approached the boat and instructed the accused to get on board the marine boat for a random check. A body check was done and nothing was found on him. When the bag was inspected, three packages were found in it. One of the packages was torn open and there were 20 packages containing crystal substance suspected to be syabu.
The packages were repacked and the accused was brought back to the marine base where the other two packages were opened and revealed 20 packages each containing crystal substance suspected to be syabu.
The suspected syabu was sent to the Chemistry Department for analysis and the chemist report confirmed the substances were methamphetamine weighing 2,331.4 grams.
Corpun file 24862 at www.corpun.com
The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 30 October 2013, p.27
Thank your lucky stars, judge tells Nigerian
Salesman gets telling off and nine years in jail for drug offence
By Nurbaiti Hamdan
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SHAH ALAM: A High Court judge told a Nigerian salesman to "thank his lucky stars" that some 48 drug capsules he ingested did not burst in his stomach.
"I am not a scientist or doctor.
"But from what was written in the media, these people who carry drugs inside their stomach can die instantly when the capsules burst," said Justice Noor Azian Shaari during a drug trafficking trial here yesterday.
Camara Jean Guineenne, 32, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of possessing 367.9 grammes of methamphetamine.
He was initially charged with trafficking, which provides for the mandatory death penalty.
Justice Noor Azian said had risked his life by committing the offence and his family could have lost him if he died.
The court sentenced the accused to nine years in jail from the date of arrest and 10 strokes of the cane.
"You are lucky that your defence counsel sent a representation and the prosecuting agreed to offer you the reduced charge.
"After this custodial jail time, you can return to your home country and you can see your twin children again," Justice Noor Azian added.
Guineenne was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13 last year.
Initial inspection did not reveal any illegal items on him but he later defecated seven capsules at the airport.
He defecated several more times at the hospital revealing a total of 48 capsules.
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