| Fadley Faisal |
A LOCAL man was robbed at the parking lot of Bukit Shahbandar by four unidentified men recently, or so the police was told, until investigations revealed the man had lied.
Yesterday, Awang Abdul Azim bin Awang Haji Maidin, 24, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment after he admitted his crime.
He pleaded for a fine instead, saying he had a family to care for.
“The Royal Brunei Police Force is to be respected as a machinery in maintaining law and order,” said Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hussain.
She said the defendant’s action was an insult to the police and the justice system.
The senior magistrate said there is no sense in fabricating the report and that he had wasted the police’s time.
The defendant, a married man working as a waiter at a cafe in Jerudong, filed a report at Sengkurong Police Station at about midnight on October 22.
Awang Abdul Azim told the police officer that at about 10pm on October 21 he had parked his car at the parking lot at Bukit Shahbandar to use the toilet.
Just as he walked out from the toilet, he claimed he was assaulted by four unidentified men.
He claimed they also stole his iPhone 5s, his wallet containing his identity card, driving licence, $300 cash, his DST card and his Bodyshop card from his car.
The police sensed something amiss when Awang Abdul Azim’s accounts of the story were found to be inconsistent.
The defendant said he had made up the story because he lost his wallet containing money which was intended for his wife and that his mobile phone was not stolen but was sold off.
DPP was Ratno Hj Zaidi.
The police reminded the public that it is an offence to lodge false police reports and those guilty would be punished.