The Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced a German man to prison with whipping for several charges including overstaying, two charges of careless driving, two charges of driving without a licence, and driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Marcel Beier, 44, was handed a sentence of six months’ jail, three whippings and a BND6,000 fine or serve an additional 18 months’ jail, while also disqualified from driving and obtaining a driver’s licence for three years.
Acting Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof heard from DPP Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli that the defendant was driving a rental car along Jalan RIPAS at 8pm on January 2, when he stopped his vehicle at a red light, pulled the handbrakes and left the gear in Drive.
When the traffic lights turned green, he released the handbrake abruptly causing his vehicle to bump into the car in front.
The police arrived on scene after receiving a report and brought the defendant to the Central Police Station for further investigation.
The police found that the defendant had overstayed in the country since his social visit pass expired on February 3, 2017.
He had also bumped the same rental car into another car earlier at 7.30pm on January 2 at the traffic lights near Jeruton Hotel on Jalan Jerudong.
A similar incident was also recorded on August 27, 2020 when the defendant, using a different rental car, was involved in a road accident along Kampong Sengkurong headed towards Kampong Jerudong at 8.15pm.
Subsequent police investigations revealed that the defendant had driven another rental vehicle from a hotel in Jerudong to Batu Satu on December 22, 2018 at 8pm, when he had gone over the stable of the road divider, entered the opposite lane and landed his vehicle on the pavement near the Law and Courts Building.
Police ordered the defendant to undergo blood and urine tests, and was found to have 120.93 milligrammes of ethanol per 100 millilitres of sample.
Beier was also driving without a valid driving licence at the time of his traffic accidents, apart from his European driving licence from Germany.
Defence counsel Pengiran Shahyzul bin Pengiran Abdul Rahman of Messrs Pengiran Izad and Lee represented the defendant.