Traffic offender granted more time to settle fine

Fadley Faisal

A road traffic offender’s appeal in the High Court for more time to settle the fines imposed on him was allowed as the court saw that the “deterrence objective of the sentence is preserved”.

Mohammad Wira Firdauzee bin Haji Md Azahar pleaded guilty on September 26, 2019 to charges of driving without a licence, a car with an expired road tax and driving while being disqualified from driving.

The Magistrate’s Court ordered him to settle a fine of BND1,300 by February 20, 2020, or serve five weeks’ jail in default of payment.

At the appeal on July 9, Mohammad Wira Firdauzee, who has suffered from paralysis since 2017, was represented by his father.

He said that his son has paid BND400 towards the fine and is asking for more time as he is currently unemployed and is dependent on his father for both financial support and physical care.

“I do not think it would serve the public interest to have him incarcerated without giving him adequate opportunity to pay the fines,” said Justice Pengiran Datin Paduka Hajah Rostaina binti Pengiran Haji Duraman. “In these circumstances and as an act of clemency, I would grant him the opportunity to pay the fines until fully settled and not suffer imprisonment. At the same time he would be reminded in the months ahead what he did was wrong and the deterrence objective of the sentence is preserved.”