Jail, lifetime driving ban for causing death

|     Fadley Faisal     |

A LOCAL man was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment and a lifetime disqualification from holding or obtaining a licence to drive any motor vehicle in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Nur Adi Husseini bin Jufeeri, 26, was convicted after trial of an offence of causing death by dangerous driving under Section 27 (1) of the Road Traffic Act, Chapter 68.

The defendant was responsible for an accident on October 26, 2012 along the Muara-Tutong Highway resulting in the death of another driver.

He was driving at 180km/h with his hazard lights on, to meet a friend in Tutong to buy a car, when he swerved into the victim’s car and caused it to hit the road safety barrier and lamppost, resulting in it flipping backwards.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Pengiran Hajah Nor ‘Azmeena binti Pengiran Haji Mohiddin submitted that the defendant demonstrated a complete and intentional disregard for the road traffic regulations and the safety of other road users for his own selfish benefit, and that he had disregarded the warning of his passenger to be careful.

In her sentencing, Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Yusof stated that imprisonment was necessary after considering several aggravating factors, including the defendant’s driving at excessive speeds, improper use of hazard lights, and his selfish disregard for the safety of other road users, and that the accident was not caused by a momentary error in judgement.