KOTA KINABALU: A trader was sentenced to six months jail and fined RM300 in default two months jail by the Magistrate Court, today, for illegally possessing police paraphernalia.
Mohd Noh Mat Jusoh, 57, committed the offense at Blok C2 of Telipok housing areas, Menggatal, at 2.15pm in 17 February.
He was charged under Section 89(a) of the Police Act 1967 which carries the punishment of up to RM500 fine, six months jail, or both.
According to the case fact, the accused was held by police during OPS Ledak patrol at the same location and time.
He was stopped by police since he was wearing a black t-shirt with PDRM logo.
Inspection on his vehicle has discovered several equipments specialized for police, including four black t-shirts, a gray cap with PDRM logo, two police stickers, a regular handcuff, a handcuff and its glove.
Further investigation also found the accused was not a police personnel.
In mitigation, the accused who was represented by YBGK lawyer pleaded for a lighter sentence.
However, the prosecution applied for a heavier sentence since the crime tarnished PDRM reputation.
When asked how the accused acquired the items, he said they were tokens from his friends in the General Operation Force (PGA).
Insp. Isfandiar Dr. Japri prosecuted. -SayangSabah