High Court dismisses drug offender’s appeal

|     Fadley Faisal     |

THE High Court recently dismissed an application made by a drug offender, who had asked for more time to settle a fine imposed by the Magistrate’s Court.

Muhammad Daniel bin Abdullah Teo, 35, was ordered to settle a fine of BND1,500, or serve three months imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty on March 15 to consuming Methylamphetamine.

He was also given a grace period of three months to pay the fine.

In his judgement on August 2, Chief Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong said that Muhammad Daniel had proposed to pay a monthly instalment of BND100 to BND200, since he is supporting a family of four on a wage of BND400 per month as a foodstall assistant.

But the Chief Justice also noted Muhammad Daniel’s unexplained delay of about two months in filing the appeal, with no arguable case for an extension.

DPP Farhanah binti Pehin Dato Haji Suhaili represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent.