The Magistrate’s Court sentenced a Malaysian citizen to 33 months’ imprisonment and three strokes of the cane for a number of offences yesterday.
These include failing to report an auto accident, threatening another driver with a machete, possession of a weapon in public, illegally entering the country and driving a vehicle without valid insurance coverage and road tax.
The court also disqualified Muhammad Amin bin Zabidi, 28, from driving and obtaining a driving licence for one year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Firdaus bin Mohammad told the court the defendant was driving along Jalan Tanjong Maya at noon on June 25 when his car hit the rear of another vehicle belonging to the victim.
The defendant did not stop and drove to his friend’s house at Kampong Bukit Sibut, while the victim tailed him.
At the junction near the defendant’s friend’s house, he stopped his car and took out a machete when the victim showed up.
The defendant threatened and shouted angrily at the victim, telling him to go home, as he could not pay for the damage to the victim’s car.
The victim filed a police report which led to the defendant’s arrest.
Investigations found that the defendant had been barred from entering Brunei Darussalam for previous offences.
He managed to re-enter the country through a thicket at Jalan Bebuloh. The car was purchased from a friend without insurance coverage or road tax.
Senior Magistrate Hajah Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman initially handed down a fine, imprisonment and a caning in sentence, but the defendant confirmed that he would not be paying the fine, which resulted in the prison sentence.
The court found that aside from his instant guilty plea, there was nothing in the defendant’s favour, including his plea in mitigations, citing that he was intoxicated when he committed the offences.