Court defers hearing mitigation following hospitalisation of defendant

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THE Magistrates’ Court yesterday deferred hearing mitigation from a former fire official convicted of corruption because he was admitted to the hospital.

The court yesterday heard from Yusof Halim, defence counsel for Wadi Hj Mohd Tuah, that his client had recently been hospitalised and may require immediate surgery.

In view of Wadi’s health, Presiding Senior Magistrate Pg Masni Pg Hj Bahar said the court is deferring hearing mitigation from counsels until there is further information on Wadi’s health.

Wadi was an assistant superintendent for the Fire and Rescue Department when he was found guilty of obtaining 550 tiles and two tonnes of cement valued at over $950 from contractor Yap Tiew Hon on November 19, 2011 with the knowledge that Yap’s company, at the time, was developing a housing project that Wadi was responsible for inspecting and approving.

Yap, Managing Director of Syarikat Pro-Team Construction and Trading Sdn Bhd, was also found guilty of assisting Wadi with obtaining the tiles and cement or encouraging him to accept the materials.

Wadi and Yap are each facing a prison term of up to seven years and a fine.

The court yesterday scheduled for a further mention of the case on June 30.

The Brunei Times