BND20k fine for contraband possession

Fadley Faisal

A restaurant helper was ordered to settle a BND20,850 fine after she pleaded guilty to possessing undeclared cigarettes and liquor.

Filipina Gemma Sotto Brigalo, 43, would have to serve 20 months’ jail in default of payment.

Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid heard from Customs prosecutor Haji Mohamad Junaidi bin Haji Ahmad that the defendant was found hoarding 32 packets of cigarettes and two bottles of liquor at the restaurant in Kiulap where she worked on February 21 evening during an inspection.

A further check on her living quarters in Kiulap led to finding 63 packets of cigarettes and 36 bottles of liquor.

The court ordered the undeclared items to be forfeited to the state.