Unable to pay fines, 2 drug suspectsordered to serve in default jail terms

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MAN and a woman were each ordered to serve in default imprisonment terms yesterday after they indicated that they were unable to pay fines for drug-related offences.

Pg Roniferra Pg Ramli, 38, was ordered to serve six months in prison after he indicated to the court that he was unable to pay the $3,000 fines for pleading guilty to consuming methamphetamine, a controlled class A drug locally known as syabu.

The court document stated that Pg Roniferra has been placed under Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) supervision since December 4, 2014 when two separate drug tests conducted on August 10, 2015 and on September 9, 2015 found that the 38-year-old had been using drugs.

In another drug case heard before the Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Norlilawati Awang Hassan, 34, was ordered to serve four months in prison when she told the court that she was not able to pay the $2,300 fines for admitting to the charges of consuming _syabu _and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, a complaint lodged on drug-related offence led to Norlilawati’s arrest on April 17, 2012 at a house in Jalan Kilanas. During the arrest, the NCB officer found plastic tubes with dried white patches which were later identified to be traces of syabu. Norlilawati further tested positive for syabu in her system.

Both Pg Roniferra and Norlilawati are serving an imprisonment term of seven years and eight months and 14 months respectively for two unrelated housebreaking offences.

In light that the sentences for their respective drug offence is different and committed at different times, the court ordered for both defendants to serve the imprisonment term after serving time for their housebreaking offences.

The Brunei Times