Court rejects Singaporean’s appeal of corruption sentence

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE High Court yesterday dismissed an appeal by a Singaporean national who said his sentence was excessive with respect to a corruption offence.

Robert Tan Giok Poh, 62, was previously sentenced by the trial magistrate after pleading guilty to a charge under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 131) which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment.

In June, he received a one-year prison sentence for giving a $300 bribe to an assistant project officer at the Estate Management and Project Development Unit at the Ministry of Health. In addition, he also gifted five ‘Disney Aladdin on Skates’ tickets to the officer.

The officer had been handling a payment claim for a project carried out by the appellant’s company to eradicate termites at a local hospital.

In dismissing the appeal, Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi Dato Paduka Hj Kifli ruled that the grounds forwarded by the appellant did not justify a reduction of his sentence and that ultimately, based on sentencing guidelines imposed in previous cases, the sentence was not manifestly excessive or wrong in principle.

Tan was represented by Hj Rozaiman Abdul Rahman of Rozaiman Abdul Rahman Advocates and Solicitors while Deputy Public Prosecutor Christopher Ng appeared on behalf of the public prosecutor who was the respondent in this appeal.

The Brunei Times