| Fadley Faisal |
A LOCAL woman who used her employer’s company stamps to embezzle just over $100,000 had her jail sentence reduced by a year as the Court of Appeal cited delay in prosecuting the case.
Noradelina binti Mohammad, represented by Rozaiman Rahman, appealed against her four years and two months’ jail sentence, which was reduced to three years and two months.
Justices Mortimer, Leonard and Burrell of the Court of Appeal noted that Noradelina was arrested two years after the offences took place.
It was also taken into account that the Intermediate Court judge had noted that the breach of trust was carefully planned and executed, a significant amount of money stolen and that none of it had been returned.
However, the appellate court found that the sentence was manifestly excessive.
“He (Intermediate court judge) rightly concluded that an immediate sentence of imprisonment was inevitable in all circumstances,” Justices of the Court of Appeal said in upholding the conclusion to the Intermediate court’s decision.
Noradelina, at the time of offences, was a secretary at OMWP International Sdn Bhd.
She had pleaded guilty before the Intermediate Court to charges of using a company stamp which bore her boss’ signature and used it on 23 occasions to place the signatures on cheques for various sums of money amounting to $110,000 made out to herself from January 5 to March 6, 2012.
She was arrested on March 15 this year.
She cooperated with the police and informed them she had spent all the money on debts, wedding expenses and a car loan.
In mitigation, Noradelina apologised to the court and her former employer.
She said she has a new job and that she had adopted a baby.
DPP was Yvonne Lim.