Offender gets reduced sentence for giving crucial evidence

Fadley Faisal

The Court of Appeal reduced a prison sentence of 40 months to 34 months for an offender who used counterfeit notes as genuine.

Court of Appeal President Justice Michael Peter Burrell, sitting with Justices Conrad Seagroatt and Michael Lunn, said that Rezuian bin Haji Japar deserved a reduction of six months in imprisonment as he had assisted the prosecution in bringing other offenders to justice.

On May 17, Rezuian gave a BND100 note and four BND10 notes to a friend whose car was running low on fuel.

At the petrol station, the defendant’s friend paid for BND10 worth of fuel with the BND100 note. The station attendant immediately noticed that something was amiss about the colour and texture of the note.

After checking with his supervisor in the office, he went back and asked for any other money as payment. The defendant handed over a BND10 note, which the attendant also found to be suspicious.

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

During the defendant’s subsequent arrest, he admitted to burning the remaining counterfeit notes at the back of his Kampong Mengkubau house, on the same night of the incident.

Rezuian was subsequently sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment.

He then gave evidence in the trial against his co-accused and brother, Zulkifli bin Haji Japar, 45, who denied any involvement.

The trial court relied on Rezuian’s evidence, which was crucial to the case and disbelieved Zulkifli’s testimony leading up to his conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhd Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent in the appeal.