The Court of Appeal reduced a local man’s penalty for committing robbery, armed with a knife to four years’ imprisonment and 12 whippings.
President of the Court of Appeal Justice Michael Peter Burrell, sitting with Justices Conrad Seagroatt and Michael Victor Lunn arrived at the decision after considering the degree of offences committed and the defendant’s instant guilty plea.
Mohammad Azhan bin Ahmad was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and 12 whippings.
The defendant robbed a foreigner at knife point while giving him a lift on May 29, 2020.
The appellate court saw that the case ought to be distinguished substantially from the cases of robbery induced by threat from a weapon, which would carry about 10 years’ jail after a trial.
“We accept that the knife was carried for self protection, though that in itself is not justifiable, and used to induce the victim to pay for the ‘taxi service’, the court thought.
“The proper sentence starting point is one of six years and 12 strokes which we reduce to one of four years in view of his plea of guilty,” the appellate court decided.
DPP Pengiran Norsuzanawati binti Pengiran Haji Abas represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent in the appeal.