| Fadley Faisal |
A MALAYSIAN man who had trespassed and cut off trees on Brunei state land was sentenced to jail for three months and three strokes of the cane yesterday by the Magistrate’s Court.
Doon Guan, 48, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and is a first offender, giving him entitlement to a lower sentence, said Magistrate Hajah Ervy Rahman. However, the Magistrate cited that deterrence must be reflected as statistics show prevalence of such cases lately.
Doon, who is a Kanyah ethnic from Limbang, Sarawak, was arrested by the Police Reserve ‘C’ Company which was patrolling the jungles at Bang Bingol, Kampong Litad, Tutong, on the afternoon of August 25. The patrol team, after hearing the sound of chopping of trees, trailed it leading to the defendant’s location. There, they saw Doon and two other individuals who fled seeing the police. Doon was detained immediately.
Police also found a plastic bag containing pieces of Gaharu wood chips, an axe, drilling tools, a parang, a sleeping bag, a canvas sheet, candles and a knife from a location identified as the defendant’s campsite.
The court took into consideration the defendant’s plea in reducing the sentence that he was just following his friends’ decision to cut trees.
The defendant said he was offered the job by his friend and met up with a Bruneian man at Jalan Sungai Kampong Junjongan before being transported to jungle campsite in a Toyota Hilux.
DPP Dk Hazirah appeared on behalf of the Public Prosecutor.