Local man held for ‘keeping self-made firearm’

|     James Kon     |

A LOCAL man believed to be in possession of a self-made firearm was arrested by officers from the Lamunin Police Station.

The weapon was discovered by enforcement personnel from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) during a raid on a house located at No 5, Simpang 11, Kampong Birau, Tutong.

The officers found the firearm hidden in the kitchen of the household.

The suspect was brought to the NCB office for initial investigation before being passed on to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) for further investigation.

The suspect is Izlin bin Haji Ismail, a 44-year-old unemployed Bruneian.

He was brought to court to face a charge of possession of firearms without licence under Section 17 (1) of the Explosives Act, Chapter 58.

If found guilty, he will face a prison term of between five to 15 years and three to 12 strokes of the cane.

The RBPF is cautioning the public against owning, keeping or making any firearms or ammunition as this is a serious offence.