Policeman jailed for pangolin abuse

ALOR STAR - A constable was sentenced to 12 months' jail by the Sessions Court here yesterday for abusing and illegally possessing 18 pangolins last year.

Judge Mohd Rosli Osman issued the sentence to Muhammad Norazzuan Ahmad Zahari, 24, after he pleaded guilty to the four amended charges.

According to the charge sheet, the accused had allegedly abused the protected mammals by keeping them in plastic bags and failing to feed them.

For the first count, Muhammad Norazzuan was charged under Section 86(1)(b)(c) (f) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 for keeping the 18 pangolins in the trunk of his car at Bukit Kayu Hitam.

For the second offence, he was charged under Section 68 (1) (a) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) for keeping five pangolins in the same place on the same day.

For the third count, he was charged under Section 69 (1) (a) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) for keeping seven immature pangolins in the same place and day.

For the last offence, he was charged under Section 70 (1) of the same act for keeping six female pangolins in the same place and day.

He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for the first charge followed by eight months' jail for the second charge.

For the third and fourth charges, he was sentenced to 10 months' jail and 12 months' imprisonment respectively.

Mohd Rosli ordered Norazzuan to serve the sentences concurrently from the date of his arrest on Sept 22.

Wildlife Department prosecuting officer Shahruddin Othman prosecuted, while the accused was not represented.

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