Bandar Seri Begawan - The sentencing of a 32-year-old woman who was convicted of a charge of illegally collecting money from a foreigner for blood test services has been rescheduled to December 1, 2012.
Instead, the Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday heard a lengthy mitigation from the defendant, Norazanawati Perwira Diraja Haji Hamid.
Norazanawati works as an 'amah' (not a nurse as reported in an earlier story dated Nov 21, 2012) at the Sg Hanching Clinic, and was tasked with performing blood tests, and not collecting fees that are levied on foreigners. Fees for the blood test are normally settled at a payment counter.
The defendant called for the court to consider probation instead of a custodial sentence.
DPP Dk Nurul Pg Rosli will be making submissions in reply to the mitigations before the court proceeds to pass sentence.
The defendant is charged with falsely representing herself to a foreign woman as someone with the authority to collect fees. Furthermore, she did not charge at the normal rate, instead defrauded the victim of $130. The offence took place at the Sg Hanching Clinic on December 27, 2011.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin