$1,000 fine for mother who stole out of desperation

|     Wani Roslan & Fadley Faisal     |

THE Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a local woman to pay a $1,000 fine or serve a month jail in default of payment after she pleaded guilty to a charge of theft.

Siti Norhazizah binti Samad, 23, stole frozen food, vegetables, clothings, milk formula, detergent, dried food items and other grocery items from a supermarket in Tasek Rimba on February 9, 2018.

According to DPP Hajah Pengiran Nor ‘Azmeena binti Pengiran Haji Mohiddin’s facts of the case, the defendant and her three children went to the supermarket at 4pm.

She took a trolley and shoplifted over $200 worth of items from various sections, placing them in a shopping bag she had brought with her, and placed it back in the trolley. She then exited the supermarket through the entrance, where a security personnel demanded to see her purchase receipt which she could not produce.

The security personnel checked the items and found no ‘paid’ stickers labelled on them. He detained the defendant and lodged a police report.

Senior Magistrate Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman said that the defendant merits a non-custodial sentence as she showed remorse and pleaded guilty at the first instance. However, she warned her not to resort to crime to solve her financial problems.

The defendant had said that she committed the offence out of desperation because her husband’s salary is barely enough to feed the family.