| Fadley Faisal |
A 29-YEAR-OLD Filipina was sentenced to jail for one year and six months along with a compensation order for the offence of criminal breach of trust by the Intermediate Court yesterday.
Judge Haji Abdullah Soefri Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin gave much consideration to the case’s aggravating and mitigating factors.
After finding no exceptional circumstances, he immediately arrived to a decision of custodial sentence and gave discounts given the mitigating factors.
DPP Hazirah also stated in court that the Philippines Embassy has confirmed that the defendant’s son has to undergo full surgery due to a heart condition and has to report to hospital every 21 days.
Rialyn Lora Roxas said to the judge that she was sorry for the breach of trust, especially as her employer has been nothing but nice to her, adding that she committed the offence because of financial constraints as she is the sole breadwinner of her family back in the Philippines.
According to DPP Dk Hazirah’s facts of the case, over a span of time (March to December 2014) the defendant took $6,000 in proceeds from the sales of food and beverages of High Frequency Café in Batu Besurat, where she worked as a waitress and cashier.
On February 5 this year, the café was informed by their Point of Sales System provider that there was a large number of irregular activities by the same user – being the defendant, with her username LJ – who removed orders from the system, voiding a total of 1,924 orders in nine months.
The police then launched investigations which led to an admission by the defendant, who said that she needed the money which was mostly remitted to her family back home.
In default of compensating $6,000 to the café owner, which is to be settled in two months, the defendant may also get an additional two-month jail sentence.