KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — An Australian businessman was fined RM5,000 in default of five months in jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for driving under the influence of alcohol for a second time.
Magistrate Puteri Nursheila Rahimi imposed the sentence on Benjamin Simon Casha, 47, after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol with a reading of 96mg per 100ml blood, which is above the permitted level of 80mg per 100ml blood.
The court also ordered his driving licence to be suspended for two years.
He was charged with committing the offence at Jalan Bangsar, here, at 11.15pm on June 15.
Casha was charged under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides for a maximum fine of RM6,000 with a possible jail term of up to 12 months.
Prosecuting officer Insp Abdullah Khazali urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence considering it was his second offence, while the accused who was unrepresented, apologised and appealed for a minimum fine.