| Fadley Faisal |
A UNIFORMED personnel and a local man were yesterday fined $3,000 or serve 12 weeks’ imprisonment in default each by the Intermediate Court after they pleaded guilty to trespassing and stealing.
Khairul bin Haji Kula, 32, and 27-year-old Abdul Hadzi bin Haji Kula, who are siblings, thieved four alloy wheels from Syarikat Arfat Enterprise, a workshop based in Kg Mulaut on September 15 at about 6am.
Deputy Public Prosecutor, Dk Nurul, stated that the defendants drove in a car together to the workshop with intention to steal scrap metal.
They saw the alloy wheels sitting outside the workshop, stole them and sold two of them to a scrap metal company for $36 which was split between them.
Little did they realise the workshop was fitted with a CCTV camera which caught the criminal act in progress.
The workshop owner upon realising the alloy wheels were missing checked the camera footage followed by him lodging a police report.
Judge, Pg Hjh Hanani, heard a case of the siblings trespassing at a house in Kg Sg Liang on October 3 at about 3pm. The defendants drove to a house at Jalan Tunggulian Kecil Sungai Liang and entered the premise to search for valuable items.
Khairul took a mobile phone and a traditional Malay knife or “Keris” and placed them in a plastic bag. Suddenly a car honked from outside the house and he went out to see who it was, leaving the items behind in the process.
Outside the house was a man holding a machete who said he owned the property. He had come to visit the house and grew suspicious after seeing the car parked there, which led to him arming himself with the machete.
Khairul apologised for entering the house immediately and though the caretaker ordered them to stay in the house while he called the police, the defendants succeeded in fleeing the scene. Their arrest was made at a later date following police investigations.
Judge Pg Hjh Hanani yesterday ordered for a trial to be heard on another day for a third charge that only Khairul faces, which he has denied committing.
The charge alleges him of having a seven-year-old son as well as five-year-old and two-year-old daughters in tow while he trespassed at a house at Jalan Tunggulian Kecil Sungai Liang on October 3. The case is scheduled for further mention on October 23.