High Court rejects appeal in upholding deterrent sentence

|     Fadley Faisal     |

THE High Court recently rejected an appeal by a local man who had asked for more time to settle a fine imposed on him for possessing contraband alcohol and cigarettes.

Chief Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong said that Azman bin Haji Ismail’s proposal to pay the BND2,800 fine in monthly instalments of BND50 would involve a payment period of more than four years. The Chief Justice also took Azman’s unemployed status into account. “Permitting him so would result in a dilution of the deterrent element of the sentence.”

DPP Nor ‘Adliatul Hidayah binti Haji Mohd Zaidi represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent.