High Court dismisses woman’s appeal

Fadley Faisal

The High Court turned down a woman’s plea to have her fine reduced and more time to settle it after being convicted for the possession of smuggled cigarettes.

“I agree with the prosecuting officer that neither the fine nor the sentence of imprisonment in default of payment can be said to be excessive, (and) I find the Magistrate has given her sufficient time to pay the fine,” Justice Pengiran Datin Paduka Hajah Rostaina binti Pengiran Haji Duraman said on dismissing Nazirah Faiqah binti Adeni’s appeal.

DPP Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli told court that Nazirah Faiqah was ordered by the Magistrate’s Court on January 6, 2020 to settle a BND250,000 fine to be paid over 36 months or serve 26 months’ jail in default of payment after she pleaded guilty to the possession of 100 cartons and 10 packets of cigarettes.

“(It) would defeat and dilute the deterrent element of the sentence,” said the Justice on the proposed longer grace period by Nazirah Faiqah and dismissed the appeal.