High Court gives teen time to settle fine

The High Court gave a 19-year-old local man extended time to settle his fine which was imposed for the possession of smuggled cigarettes on Saturday.

An inspection by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and customs preventive officers of a house in Sungai Bunga on August 6, 2020 found Muhammad Saifuddin bin Abdullah Samat in possession of 106 packets of cigarettes. He admitted that the cigarettes belonged to him during investigations.

Muhammad Saifuddin pleaded guilty to possessing the cigarettes in November 2020 and was ordered to settle a BND8,500 fine, or serve eight months’ imprisonment in default of payment.

The Magistrate’s Court gave him time to settle the fine by March.

In March, the appellant applied to have his grace period extended for him to pay the fine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud responded to the appeal stating that the court’s sentence and grace period was fitting.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong on Saturday allowed the extension of time but underlined for the appellant to meet the monthly instalment of BND500 effective from the end of this month, or serve the imprisonment sentence with immediate effect, in default of one monthly instalment.