| Fadley Faisal |
A LOCAL man was sentenced to eight months in jail after he pleaded guilty in the Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday to auto theft.
Abdul Salehi bin Hj Mohamad, 39, told Magistrate Azrimah Rahman that he had committed the offence to sustain his debts and support his children.
Magistrate Azrimah said that despite the defendant’s instant guilty plea there are no mitigating circumstances and that it has always been stressed by the Brunei court that car thefts cause distress to owners.
“An offence like this is injurious to the public,” said the magistrate in coming to the conclusion that a custodial sentence would send a deterrent message. DPP Dk Nurul told the magistrate that the unemployed defendant was walking around Jalan Kebangsaan Lama sometime on November 23 and saw a Toyota Kijang by the roadside.
The defendant opened its unlocked door, used his own set of keys to start the engine and then drove the vehicle to his friend’s house in Kg Pancha Delima and gave it to the said friend to whom he owed $200.
Police were made aware of the missing vehicle by its owner and investigations led to the defendant’s arrest.