Jail term, $3,800 fine for entering Brunei sans pass

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A MALAYSIAN woman was sentenced to serve three months in prison and was fined $3,800 for entering the country without a valid pass and using her sister’s passport.

Lucilla Puyok had pleaded guilty to using her sister’s passport to travel from Limbang through Brunei on the way to Miri as her own passport had expired.

The 31-year-old had passed through Temburong’s Labu and the Ujung Jalan control posts undetected alongside a driver but was stopped at the Kuala Lurah control post after the immigration officer on duty became suspicious as the defendant did not look like the person pictured in the passport.

She was subsequently detained and charged with one count of entering the country without a valid pass and two counts of impersonating another person.

The presiding magistrate, Dewi Norlelawati Hj Abd Hamid, sentenced the defendant to serve three months’ imprisonment and an $800 fine for the first charge and a $1,500 fine each for the second and third charges.

The defendant indicated to the court that she will be able to settle the fine entirely within the day.

Meanwhile, a local man was charged at the Magistrates’ Court yesterday for damaging private property.

Zulhilmi Mat Jeneh, 25, had rammed his car into the display counter of Yeo Workshop in Tutong on April 7, 2016.

No plea was recorded and the presiding magistrate Dewi Norlelawati Hj Abd Hamid ordered the defendant to be further remanded at the mental health ward of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital to be evaluated as the prosecution was concerned that the defendant had been of an unsound mind when he was first arrested.

The Brunei Times