Malaysian gun smuggler gets eight years' jail

Dinesh pleaded guilty to having two pistols and 72 rounds of ammo at the Thai-Malaysian border last year. There has been speculation that guns used in a recent spate of killings came from Thailand.
Dinesh pleaded guilty to having two pistols and 72 rounds of ammo at the Thai-Malaysian border last year. There has been speculation that guns used in a recent spate of killings came from Thailand.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Case comes amid concern over recent spate of street killings in broad daylight

ALOR STAR • A self-employed man has been sentenced to eight years in jail by a court in Kedah after he pleaded guilty to having two pistols and 72 rounds of live ammunition at the Thai-Malaysian border last year.

T.Dinesh, 30, pleaded guilty after the charges were read to him by an interpreter in front of the Sessions Court judge.

He was caught on the Malaysian side of the border at Bukit Kayu Hitam in northern Kedah state.

The case of the gun smuggler came amid concerns in Malaysia about the recent spate of street killings in broad daylight by men on motorcycles, with speculation that the guns used in such murders came from southern Thailand.

Dinesh was charged with being in possession of two guns without a licence or a valid permit. A second charge was his possession of 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 22 rounds of .25 calibre pistol ammunition without a valid licence.

The recent killings have caused deep concern, with questions raised over where the weapons were from, whether the shooters were Malaysians and why guns were seemingly easily available.

In the fourth street killing in 11/2 months, moneylender V. Kandasamy, 43, was shot dead at a busy intersection in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday after being tailed by four men on two motorcycles.

The other shootings occurred similarly: All were carried out in broad daylight on roads filled with other vehicles.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2016, with the headline 'Malaysian gun smuggler gets eight years' jail'. Print Edition | Subscribe