Man granted more time to settle BND5,000 fine

Fadley Faisal

A 42-year-old local man recently appealed to the High Court for more time to settle the fine imposed on him.

Mohammad Rodi Al-Iskandar bin Haji Latif had pleaded guilty on July 25, 2020, to allow his house at STKRJ Katok ‘B’ to be used for gambling.

He also admitted to being paid BND150 per week, by letting his home for online gaming.

The activities were discovered during a raid on his house in March 2019, by the Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

After his guilty plea, the Magistrate’s Court sentenced him to a BND5,000 fine, to be paid by August 31, 2021, or serve five months imprisonment in default. During the appeal in December 2020, the appellant applied to have his grace period extended to pay the fine imposed.

The appellant stated that he is currently unemployed and has a heart condition.

Yesterday, Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong allowed the appeal for an extension, while highlighting that the appellant is to meet the instalment at the end of every month or immediately serve the jail time, in default of the monthly payment.

The appellant was also reminded to not commit any more offences.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud responded in the appeal, on behalf of the Public Prosecutor.