KUANTAN, Oct 5 (Bernama) — A factory van driver was sentenced to 12 years jail and 10 strokes of the rotan by the High Court here on Monday on an amended charge of possessing 806.37gm of cannabis two years ago.
Shamsukahar Omar, 43, pleaded guilty to committing the offence at a house at lot 1/1218, Kampung Baru Chengal Lempong, Balok, at about 1.30am on March 7, 2007.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mariana Yahya ordered the sentence to run from the date of his arrest on March 6, 2007.
The offence carries a maximum life imprisonment and at least 10 strokes of the rotan.
He was originally charged with trafficking which carries the mandatory death sentence.
Mariana told Shamsukahar to repent and not commit such offence again because it would hurt not only himself but also his family and the nation.
Earlier, in mitigation, defence counsel Bob Arumugam said Shamsukahar had a wife and three children to support.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Fadhli Mahmud pressed for a deterrent sentence because he said drugs had become the country’s number one enemy since the 1970s.