KOTA KINABALU September 3, 2011: A Filipino was jailed for three months by the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday for carrying a machete without any permit last month.
Senior Assistant Registrar Melissa Chia imposed the custodial sentence on Rahsid Asah, 27, after the latter pleaded guilty to carrying the weapon at a roadside in Jalan Papar Lama about 11.30am on August 15.
He was charged with committing the offence together with Filipino Sabri Rasat, 29, and 21-year-old local Adzil Asah.
The court however set Sept 12, this year for re-mention of the case of Sabri and Adzil after the duo claimed trial to the charge.
Chia ordered Sabri to be remanded under Section 259 of the Criminal Procedure Code while Adzil was released on RM800 bail, to be deposited with two local sureties pending the disposal of the case.
The trio were jointly charged under Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958 which carries a jail term of up to two years and is also liable to whipping on conviction.
Chia also ordered Rahsid to be referred to the Immigration Department after serving the jail terms for deportation.
The facts of the case stated that a police team conducted a roadblock at the said place and stopped a suspicious Perodua Kelisa.
Upon inspecting the car, the police found a machete and a hammer inside and arrested all the three accused for further investigation.
During police investigation, they claimed that they wanted to cut bamboos but their statement was suspicious as there was no other equipment to cut bamboos in the car.