Five years, three strokes for bullets’ possession

Fadley Faisal

A man indicted in the Intermediate Court with the possession of bullets was yesterday sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and three strokes of the cane.

Mohammad Zulhilmi bin Mohd Hussin, 39, and his wife Saltinawati binti Haji Abu Bakar, 43, had denied the charges under the Arms and Explosives Act, alleging them of possessing 21 pieces of bullets at their home in RPN Kampong Panchor Mengkubau.

Mohammad Zulhilmi then changed his plea to guilty of being in possession of the bullets, sometime between February 22 and March 3.

Saltinawati, however, maintains her innocence on the allegation of possessing the bullets from 2014 to February 20, 2020.

Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar fixed trial for Saltinawati to run in October.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Emily Goh informed court that Mohammad Zulhilmi was a member of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) between 1999 and 2008.

Following a rift in their relationship, the couple lived separately. Mohammad Zulhilmi lived alone at RPN Kampong Panchor Mengkubau, while his wife and two children moved out on February 20.

On March 2, the Muara Police Station investigated a Facebook post involving several photographs of bullets.

The Facebook account, listed under the name of Saltinawati Tina, led to the arrests of both defendants when the police entered their marital home on March 3. A police search led to the discovery of a bag, in which a box containing 21 bullets was kept.

Under questioning, the defendant said that his act was to attract his wife’s attention and convince her to come home.