Woman fined BND3,000 for shoplifting

Azlan Othman

A local woman was convicted of theft on Wednesday by the Syariah High Court of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Nurul Afiqah binti Norariffin, 26, was convicted on the charge of committing Sariqah (theft) under Section 55 (3) (b) of the Syariah Penal Code Order, 2013, which carries the sentence of Ta’zir (punishment for offences at the discretion of the judge).

She was handed a fine of BND3,000 for shoplifting several items from a pharmacy in Kuala Belait. A CCTV camera at the store recorded her actions.

While passing the sentence, the Syariah High Court judge told her that Sariqah is a serious offence under Hukum Syara’.

The prosecution was conducted by Syar’ie prosecutors from the Syar’ie Prosecution Division of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).