| Fadley Faisal |
THE Court of Appeal recently dismissed an arsonist’s appeal to have his sentence of three years’ jail and six strokes of the cane reduced saying that it was too high.
Justices Mortimer, Leonard and Burrell concluded that the sentencing judge has passed the appropriate punishment.
It was accounted in sentencing and in the appeal that Mohammad Shahrin bin Awang Zaini, out of rage on his parents, set fire to the family home at Jeti 4, Jambatan 7, Kg Bolkiah ‘A’ at about 1.55pm on October 12, 2013, and endangered not only the occupants of the house but also the neighbours. Mohammad Shahrin appealed on the ground that the sentence was too high.
The appellate court upheld the Intermediate Court’s sentence of three years’ imprisonment and the minimum permitted number of strokes as it regarded it as appropriate. The penalty for the offence carries an imprisonment term of up to 15 years with no less than six strokes. DPP Dk Nurul Pg Rosli appeared for respondent.