Three convicted for involvement in public lottery

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO men were each fined $5,000, while a third person was fined $5,600 by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday after they pleaded guilty to assisting with public lottery in 2009 and 2011.

Court documents on the three separate cases state in the first case that the defendant, Hj Zulazmi Hj Latif, 36, who was fined $5,000 admitted that he was assisting in the carrying out of public lottery by collecting the 4D numbers and also admitted that the two slips of papers that were found in the coin compartment of the car belongs to him and that only $10 of the $65 found on him was for the 4D lottery.

Hj Zulazmi, who was then 34 years old at the time of the arrest in May 28, 2011, was detained by members of the Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Unit following a tip-off from the public, when he was inside a car with another person at the vicinity of the Tungku Primary School on suspicion of potential 4D lottery activity.

He was working at the Police Post in the Brunei International Airport and is married.

The other defendant, Chieng Chiew Lik, who was also fined $5,000, was arrested in January 10, 2009 and was taken to the Muara Police Station where his car was then examined.

According to the court document, he admitted that he was a collector of 4D numbers from various people around Muara Town and Jati Freedom textiles.

He also admitted that papers found inside the car contained 4D numbers and the text messages were related to 4D lottery activities.

The defendant, who has no previous convictions, stated that only $90 of the monies found were used for 4D lottery purposes and the rest were money for his children.

When a body search was conducted on the defendant, $126 was found in his wallet and a mobile phone which contained messages with numbers.

Meanwhile, the third man, Lee Siew Fah, who also pleaded guilty to assisting in carrying out a public lottery in 2009, admitted that he was a collector of 4D numbers and admitted that the text messages on his mobile phone containing numbers and the piece of paper found on him with numbers written on it, were for the purpose of 4D lottery activities.

He admitted that only $30 of the monies found in his wallet were used for 4D lottery purposes. When a body search was conducted, the document said, members of the Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Unit found $760 in cash in the defendant’s wallet, a mobile phone containing text messages with numbers and pieces of paper containing numbers.

The defendant, who was 59 years old at the time of the offence, has previous convictions for gambling offences.

The Brunei Times