| Fadley Faisal |
THE intermediate court yesterday handed a lengthy imprisonment with strokes of the cane sentence on a local man in a series of housebreaking charges.
The offences were mostly committed at night or in the wee hours when occupants of the premises were fast asleep, premises were empty and vehicles were left unguarded.
Judge Haji Abdullah Soefri sentenced 41-year-old Abd Aziz bin Haji Ali to nine years’ jail and six strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to all the offences.
The defendant said he committed the crimes because he had problems with his family.
However, after taking into account the defendant’s long list of previous convictions, the court believed that a long custodial sentence would rehabilitate the defendant under the prison regime and constant supervision.
For the first count, Abd Aziz broke into a house in Kg Subok on October 14.
The owner who was asleep at the time realised later that his house was broken into after finding items missing, including two laptops, his wife’s purse containing personal cards and money, his own wallet containing personal cards and money, a mobile phone, children’s toys, money belonging to one of his children, baby car seats, pen sets, classroom keys and his child’s school ID card.
On the second count, the defendant stole a vehicle’s licence plate at the parking area of Kg Madewa on October 14.
On the third count, the defendant broke into a house in Kg Sg Matan at about 3.30am on October 18.
A security personnel at Royal Brunei Yacht Club saw the defendant’s vehicle stopping nearby, and then noticed the car’s engine and lights being switched off.
After a few minutes, the engine restarted and began to move forward and reverse a couple of times near a house.
The security personnel immediately contacted the police.
Whilst waiting for the police to arrive, the security personnel continued to observe the vehicle’s movement and saw the defendant alight the car and approach the house.
Not long after, police arrived and blocked the defendant’s vehicle.
When the police personnel were speaking to the guard, they heard glass being broken.
The police immediately inspected the scene and spotted the defendant trying to sneak out.
The security personnel saw the defendant and shouted for the police and gave chase.
However, the defendant managed to evade arrest but was soon subdued with help by members of the public.
The fourth count stated that the defendant stole a Yamaha MIO MX motorcycle from a house in Kg Sg Buloh, Jalan Kota Batu, at about 12.30am on August 2.
The motorcycle was sold for $150.
The fifth count states that the defendant stole a Yamaha X-1R motorcycle on August 2 at about 8.30pm from Ishak Enterprise Driving School at Apartment Simpur, Kg Tungkadeh.
The defendant sold the motorcycle for $200.
Police managed to recover both motorcycles.
DPP was Ratno Hj Zaidi.