Malaysian admits to using sister’s passport to enter Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A Malaysian woman pleaded guilty yesterday at the Magistrates’ Court to charges of entering the country without a valid pass by impersonating someone else.
On the way to Miri, 31-year-old Lucilla Puyok passed through undetected at both the Labu control post and Ujung Jalan control post in Temburong on April 2 using a passport belonging to her sister.
The defendant’s sister didn’t know at the time that her passport was being used by the defendant.
While attempting to go through the Kuala Lurah control post, immigration officers were suspicious that the defendant didn’t look like the person pictured in the passport she was using and subsequently detained her for investigation.
The defendant admitted after being questioned that she had used her sister’s passport for travel as her own passport had expired in July of last year.
During her mitigation, the defendant apologized to the court and said she had wanted to fly to Miri from Limbang initially but was told to take the land route by the driver.
The presiding magistrate, Dewi Norlelawati Hj Abd Hamid, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and adjourned the sentencing to tomorrow morning.
The defendant doesn’t have any previous convictions for immigration offences.
Meanwhile, the driver who transported the defendant, who was initially charged as a co-defendant, was discharged during yesterday’s proceedings not amounting to an acquittal.
The Brunei Times