Driver’s sentence increased for failing to pay fine


KOTA KINABALU: A man, who was caught drink-driving, had his jail sentence increased to five months by the Sandakan Magistrate’s Court after failing to pay the fine.

Magistrate Nur Faezah Jafry initially sentenced Yusup Muksan, 30, to two days’ imprisonment and fined him RM10,000 after he was found guilty of committing the offence at 2.15am on Jan 18.

In addition to that, Nur Faezah also imposed a two-year suspension on Yusup’s driving licence.

Yusup was unrepresented.

According to the facts of the case, police were at the scene to move a car that had overturned after an accident, when they noticed another car heading towards them at high speed.

Concerned about a potential collision, the police intercepted Yusup’s vehicle and instructed him to stop.

Upon inspection, police detected a strong smell of alcohol emanating from Yusup and administered a breathalyser test.

The results indicated his blood alcohol content was 291mg per 100ml, far exceeding the legal limit of 50mg per 100ml.

Earlier, prosecuting officer Inspector Rodi Wong requested the court impose a deterrent sentence to serve as a reminder to Yusup and others to refrain from driving under the influence.

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