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Man charged with having drugs claims to be mentally sick

31st December, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: A 37-year-old man who was charged with having drugs, claimed that he had mental illness.

Awang Hasshim Ag Tahir, brought before judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim, said that he needs to continue medical review at Hospital Mesra Kota Kinabalu.

However Prosecuting Officer Inspector Lim Swee Beng replied that the accused did not have any medical documents to prove his mental condition.

He also said that the accused does have four previous conviction records with the latest being on March 17, 2017, and if he had any mental problems, he shouldn’t have any criminal records at all.

Thus, no bail was offered by the prosecution until Awang Hasshim’s family are able to produce his medical documents.

Earlier Awang Hasshim pleaded not guilty to having 34.28 grams of methamphetamine at a PPRT house in Kampung Saga-Saga Pimping, Beaufort on August 31 this year at about 8.05am.

He was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (Act 234) punishable under Section 39A(2) of the same Act.

The indictment provides for a jail term or not less than five years and whipping of not less than 10 strokes of the cane.

The court fixed January 26 next year to re-mention the case and ordered the accused to be referred to Hospital Bukit Padang for mental observation. – NEDM

   
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