A uniformed personnel who pleaded guilty to theft received a two-month jail sentence in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Mohd Hidayatullah bin A S Narodin, 31, had stolen the radiator system parts from an excavator left in the vicinity of Kampong Selayun, Jerudong in the early hours of August 5, 2019.
He then sold it to a metal scrapyard recycling company.
The excavator company official was about to supervise the moving of the excavator to its company site after leaving it at the work site for three weeks.
The supervisor then found that the radiator system parts had gone missing.
The supervisor following his intuitions, checked with the recycling company to look for the excavator parts. He identified it when shown by a worker.
The supervisor instructed a worker to install the radiator system back, succeeded and brought the excavator to his company site.
The supervisor lodged a police report which led to the defendant’s arrest.
The defendant mentioned that he was desperate and needed money to alleviate his burdens including having to care for his wife who is suffering from cancer.
Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof said that the defendant should have been more disciplined and should have not resorted to committing the offence despite his hardships.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Syazwani binti Jumat prosecuted the case.