Local jailed five years for using counterfeit money

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court yesterday sent a local man to jail for five years, after convicting him of using counterfeit money at a petrol station.

Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli found that Deputy Public Prosecutor Emily Goh had proven her case against Zulkifli bin Haji Japar, 45, beyond the court’s reasonable doubt.

Though Zulkifli and his brother were charged for the offence, his brother pleaded guilty and Zulkifli denied any involvement in it.

The court was satisfied that Zulkifli had been involved in the events of May 17, when his brother handed him a BND100 note and four BND10 notes for car fuel.

At the petrol station, the defendant used the BND100 to pay for BND10 worth of car fuel.

The station attendant noticed that something was amiss with the colour and texture of the BND100 note handed to him.

After checking with his supervisor, he went back outside and asked for any other cash notes as payment.

The defendant handed over a BND10 note, which was also found to be suspicious by the attendant.

This time, however, he called the police, which was when the defendant and his brother decided to drive off.