Caught and convicted the third time for abusing drugs in 2012, Mr Sivabalan Jayakodi, 48, was given a mandatory sentence of five years in jail and three strokes of the cane.
He believes his jail time took a toll on his family relationships: His wife divorced him, and the rest of his family, including his mother, brother and daughter, who was 12 years old then, gave up hope on him.
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