Local man charged under Excise Order, Public Entertainment Act

Fadley Faisal

Prosecutors produced a 67-year-old local man in the Magistrate’s Court to face charges under the Excise Order and Public Entertainment Act yesterday.

Ang Thian Wee faces two charges under Section 146(1)(d) of the Excise Order 2006 and one charge under Section 18(1) of the Public Entertainment Act, Chapter 181.

According to DPP Siti Nurjauinah binti Haji Kula, the charges were drafted against him following inspections conducted by the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Customs and Excise Department personnel on March 11, 2018 at the lounge on the second floor of a hotel in Anggerek Desa.

The personnel discovered 110 bottles of liquor, 354 cans of beer and 67 packets of cigarettes.

The defendant is also alleged to have provided public entertainment in the form of video game machines without a permit.

Penalties carried for the first and second charge for the unexcisable goods, for the first offence, are a fine of not less than six times the amount of the excise duty or BND40,000, whichever is the lesser amount, and not more than 20 times the amount of excise duty or BND40,000, whichever is the greater amount, and for a subsequent conviction, to such fine, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

The third charge carries a maximum fine of BND10,000 for a first offence, and BND20,000 and two years’ imprisonment for a subsequent offence.

Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman adjourned the case to May 14, giving time for the defendant to seek legal representation and consider his plea.