| Fadley Faisal |
CHIEF Justice Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi bin Dato Paduka Hj Kifli yesterday allowed more time for an appellant to pay a fine that was imposed by the Magistrate’s Court for cigarette-smuggling charges.
The Chief Justice heard Roslan Mansur’s appeal for him to settle $137,000 within six months from yesterday, as the appellant had submitted that he is selling a piece of land and his house in Jalan Mentiri for $180,000 but was unsure when the sale can be finalised.
The Chief Justice also considered the appellant’s alternative proposal to pay $2,500 a month.
“This would take four years plus to settle the fine, which would be too oppressive to him and also an administrative burden to the court,” said the Chief Justice, who decided on a lump sum payment method and fixed the case for further mention in the Magistrate’s Court on August 6 this year.
The defendant was convicted after a trial of the possession of 514 cartons of undeclared cigarettes found in his car at about 4.57pm on February 16, 2013, in Jalan Wijaya Perpindahan Mata-Mata Gadong.
He was sentenced in the Magistrate’s Court to a fine of $137, 000 or to serve 12 months in jail in default.
The fine was to be paid in six months from the date of sentence (April 15, 2014), while the defendant was granted stay of execution pending appeal and his car was ordered forfeited.
DPP Hjh Atiyyah POKLSDSLJ Hj Abas appeared for the Public Prosecutor.