18-year-old gets first taste of jail for theft, mischief

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court recently sentenced an 18-year-old local man to a year in jail, after he pleaded guilty to committing theft and mischief for the first time in his life.

According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud’s facts of the case, Mohammad Adie Ezwandie bin Mohammad Hirwan was wandering around Jalan C, RPN Mentiri at 6pm, on November 11, looking for unoccupied houses in the neighbourhood.

Armed with tools, the defendant approached a house and cut open the gate to its door.

From the upper floor of the house, he took a laptop, and then looked around for more items to steal.

He forced open a locked bedroom door, but left the place when he found no valuables.

At 8.30pm, the house occupant returned to find the laptop missing and the bedroom door damaged.

A police report was lodged, leading to the defendant’s arrest.

On handing down the sentence, Senior Magistrate Haji Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman said, “Generally, a deterrent sentence aims to educate and deter like-minded members of the general public, by making an example of a particular offender.

“In the present case, there was a conscious choice and effort on the part of the defendant, to devise and carry out the scheme, and had blatant disregard of other people’s property.”