A Vietnamese labourer was sentenced to 14 months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for bribing two security guards.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi informed the court that Tran Khanh Linh, who worked as a fitter at Lilama South East Asia Sdn Bhd and resides at the company’s camp, offered bribes to the security personnel as inducements to refrain from taking any enforcement action.
The court further heard that at 9.30pm on September 3, a security guard doing his rounds found the defendant and his colleagues engaged in illegal gambling at their quarters.
The defendant gave a BND50 bribe to the security guard, but the latter reported the incident to his colleagues, who then decided to conduct a raid.
During the raid, the defendant slipped a BND10 note into the trouser pocket of one of the security guards. He also slipped another BND10 into the pocket of the first security guard, while embracing him.
The raid continued and the police arrived shortly after, to arrest the defendant and
Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman gave consideration to the defendant’s instant guilty plea, but highlighted that such persistent actions by the defendant should be discouraged, while the integrity of those carrying out their duties should be maintained.
“It is in the public’s interest for potential offenders to be deterred from committing the same kind of offence,” said the Magistrate, while handing down the sentence.