Woman fined $4,600 for 43.8kg of ‘tongkeng’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A BRUNEI permanent resident was imposed a fine of $4,600 after pleading guilty at the Magistrates’ Court yesterday to possessing 43.8 kilogrammes of chicken tail which were smuggled from Malaysia.
Lizawati Awg Mohamed, 33, had been caught with the prohibited goods on the night of January 31, 2016 when customs preventive officers and officers from the Halal Foods Control Division inspected her home in Kg Tanah Jambu where they found 15 boxes containing the delicacy known locally as tongkeng and 351 packets of chicken frankfurters.
After being questioned, the defendant admitted that she had purchased all the prohibited goods in the vicinity of Muara beach from a man who claimed to be from Lawas, Malaysia.
The defendant further admitted that she purchased the goods knowing that there were no permits for them.
The goods, which prosecutors valued to be worth $917.40, were intended for the consumption of her family members.
During her mitigation, the defendant sought for a lenient sentence from the presiding magistrate Azrimah Hj Abd Rahman as it was her first conviction while promising not to reoffend.
The defendant indicated that she would be able to settle the fine in full by yesterday afternoon.
The Brunei Times