Man pleads not guilty to owning rifle without licence

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A MAN claimed trial yesterday after pleading not guilty to the alleged possession of a rifle without a licence.

Defendant Adinin Puasa, 37, was charged under the Arms and Explosives Act for allegedly possessing the rifle while at the vicinity of the Customs and Immigration Quarantine Security at Ujung Jalan, Temburong on October 2.

The rifle was four feet and five inches long, according to the court document.

The charge carries an imprisonment term of up to 14 years and not more than 12 strokes of the cane.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dk Siti Nurul Fairuz Pg Rosli indicated to the court that they will bring in eight witnesses to testify against the defendant during the trial.

Meanwhile, Adinin told the court he may have one witness who would be giving evidence for his case.

Adinin said he will seek a defence counsel for the trial as he is currently unrepresented.

A further mention of the case will be held on December 23.

Adinin’s release on bail at $8,000 and one local surety was extended yesterday pending the next mention of the case in two week’s time.

The Brunei Times