Trespassing for theft: Local behind bars for three years

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court yesterday handed a three years’ jail sentence to a local man upon conviction after a trial on a charge of trespassing for theft.

Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar in her judgement said Abu Bakar bin Haji Jelandar’s act of trespass and assisting in the theft from the shop not only shows lack of respect for others’ property, but has also put constant fear in the owner regarding the safety of property despite taking precautions such as locking the property.

The Judge was satisfied that Deputy Public Prosecutor Dr Hussin Ali Idris’s case against the defendant was proved beyond the court’s reasonable doubt.

The prosecution produced eight prosecution witnesses, including the defendant’s two accomplices, who earlier pleaded guilty to the same charge and were sentenced.

The four-day trial featured evidence concerning Abu Bakar’s involvement in the break-in of Syarikat Sari Raya Morni tailor’s shop at Bumiputera Building in Seria, in the wee hours of March 12-13, 2018.

The defendant had hatched a scheme with his accomplices to steal a sewing machine from the shop and sell it for cash.

Using a metal-cutter, they cut the shop’s chain locks and then dismantled one of the sewing machines, damaging a worktable in the process. They made off with the sewing machine and sold it to another person.