The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered five men and a woman to settle fines, or face jail in default of payment, after they pleaded guilty to charges under the Common Gaming Houses Act.
The case is linked to a recent crackdown on a gambling house in Kampong Kiarong.
Malaysian Koh Ing Chong, 41, was ordered to settle a BND70,000 fine, or serve 16 months’ jail in default of payment, for dealing with seven gambling machines at a house in Kampong Kiarong.
Meanwhile, Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof ordered the five remaining defendants to settle a BND1,000 fine each, or serve a month’s jail in default of payment, for playing in a common gaming house at Kampong Kiarong.
The five defendants are 40-year-old Malaysian Hah How Wei, 41-year-old Permanent Resident Chong Yun Kiong, 39-year-old Malaysian Kasim Ting bin Mosli Ting, 56-year-old Malaysian Tiong Hia Kai and 37-year-old Indonesian woman Bun Su Chiang.
Prosecutor Nurul Husna Aqilah binti Haji Abidin revealed in court that the Gambling and Anti-Vice Suppression Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force raided the house at 4.10pm on August 29 leading to the six defendants’ arrest and unearthing seven gaming machines along with other items related to gaming.