Local man gets 18 months’ jail for theft

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed an 18 months’ jail sentence to a local man who pleaded guilty to misappropriation and theft.

Before handing punishment, Senior Magistrate Pengiran Shahyzul Khairuddin bin Pengiran Abdul Rahman said that Md Nurkhairul Fadzillah bin Ali Safari, 31, is a habitual offender.

The defendant also admitted to Deputy Public Prosecutor Hajah ‘Adzimah Mukarramah binti Haji Salleh’s facts of the case stating that he had entered Sultan Sharif Ali Secondary School compound through a drainage opening, sometime in the morning on a day in January.

This was when he saw a reusable bag and opened it to find a Viewsonic projector. He took it and left the scene.

A police report was lodged by a member of the school on finding the projector missing.

On the morning of January 19, the defendant was dropped off at a bus stop in front of Universiti Teknologi Brunei and entered the compound towards the lobby area.

The defendant felt scared as he realised he was being watched by a student and hid inside a lecture room.

He then ran upstairs and saw another lecture room which had an Epson projector on its ceiling when he peeked through its windows. He entered the room, detached the projector using a tool attached to it.

He hid the projector in a bag he had brought with him and left the school.

A student saw the suspicious defendant on his way out and reported it to a security guard.

The security guard went after the defendant and instructed him to stop.

The defendant started to run and threw the projector leaving it behind.

Back at the school, the security guard lodged a police report which led to the defendant’s arrest.