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June trial for local who denies running over worker, drug use

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday fixed trial in the case against a 46-year-old local man on charges for killing a road maintenance worker in an accident and consuming methamphetamine to run from June 6-11, and June 15-16.

The defendant, Pengiran Narudin bin Pengiran Haji Nor Abidin, denied both charges earlier.

The case is linked to a viral CCTV recording at the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge, suggesting that the defendant ran over a 35-year-old on the bridge where the victim and colleagues were on duty at 10.20pm on August 8, 2020. Investigations found that the defendant was on methylamphetamine based on a urine sample following his arrest.

The Road Traffic Act charge carries a penalty of BND20,000 fine, seven years’ jail and disqualification from driving for life.

The Misuse of Drugs Act charge carries 10 years’ jail, BND20,000 fine or both, and a mandatory minimum of three years’ jail for a second and subsequent offender for penalty.

Prosecutors Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli and Kamal Ariffin bin Ismail represented the Public Prosecutor.

Chief Magistrate Pengiran Hajah Norismayanti binti Pengiran Haji Ismail presided over the case.

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