James Raj Arokiasamy had allegedly consumed drugs on Nov 4, the day he was arrested by Malaysian police, according to a new charge levelled against him in court on Tuesday.
This after, the 35-year-old, whom court documents earlier identified as the alleged hacker who used "The Messiah" pseudonym when hacking the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website on Oct 28, returned to court after a week in remand for further investigations. He now faces four drug charges, on top of one under the Computer Misuse Act for the cyber intrusion into the town council's website.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Woon Kwong told the court that the prosecution would be ready to accept a plea by James Raj on the drug charges next week, but investigations into the cyber attacks are still ongoing.
Meanwhile, James Raj's lawyer, Mr M. Ravi, clarified to the court on his client's earlier allegations in court of police mistreatment. He said his client claimed that he was assaulted by Royal Malaysian Police on the day of his arrest, while a Central Narcotics Bureau officer and a Technology Crimes Forensic Branch officer from Singapore stood by.
He also claimed that when he was in the custody of police here from Nov 5, he was denied access to medical treatment for a day. The court will hear James Raj's bail application on Wednesday.