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A Court of Appeal chamber in the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya. — Picture by BERNAMA

Lorry driver loses appeal against conviction, 10 years’ jail for drug possession

PUTRAJAYA, March 24 — A lorry driver lost his appeal in the Court of Appeal today to set aside his conviction, jail sentence of 10 years and 10 strokes of the rotan for possession of drugs.

A three-member panel comprising Justices Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail, Datuk Wira Ahmad Nasfy Yasin and Datuk Hashim Hamzah dismissed N. Raman’s appeal against his conviction and sentence.

In delivering the court’s decision, Justice Hadhariah said the High Court did not err in affirming the conviction and sentence imposed on Raman by the Sessions Court.

“No appealable error of law and facts to justify appellate intervention,” she said.

Raman, 48, was found guilty by the Alor Gajah Sessions Court in Melaka on December 7, 2018, on three charges of drug possession.

The offences were committed in a house in Jalan Kenari Jaya Utama, Taman Kenari Jaya, Durian Tinggal, Melaka at 2 pm on May 30, 2017.

Raman was sentenced to 10 years jail for the first charge of possessing 102.01 grammes of cannabis.

On the second charge, for possession of 1.93 grammes of Methamphetamine, he was sentenced to a year’s jail and one year jail for the third charge of possessing 0.14 grammes of heroin and monoacetylmorphine.

The Sessions Court had ordered Raman to serve his jail sentence concurrently from the date of his arrest on May 30, 2017.

He lost his appeal at the Melaka High Court, which dismissed it on January 11 last year.

Raman was represented by lawyers Datuk Amardas Jethanand and Yok Jiang Lin while deputy public prosecutor Khairul Aisamuddin Abdul Rahman appeared for the prosecution.

— Bernama

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