Singaporean man to serve one-year sentence

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A SINGAPOREAN man convicted of bribing a civil servant to process a government payment certificate was jailed for one year yesterday by the Magistrate’s Court.

Robert Tan Giok Poh, 62, manager of Bustermite Pest Control, pleaded guilty to giving a $300 bribe to an assistant project officer at the Estate Management and Development Unit at the Ministry of Health.

In addition to the cash, he also gifted five ‘Disney Aladdin on Skates’ tickets to the officer as a reward for processing the penultimate payment certificate amounting to $142,610 for the eradication of termites at the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait.

The court ordered the defendant to begin his sentence at Jerudong Prison immediately.

Tan had previously been convicted of domestic violence in 2015 after he assaulted his female partner with a baseball bat causing serious injuries to her head and upper body.

He was given a non-custodial sentence, ordered to undergo counselling and serve 100 hours of community service.

The Brunei Times