Two men behind bars for trespassing, theft

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court sentenced two local men, who had changed their plea for their common intention to commit house-trespass with intent to commit theft, yesterday.

In December 2019, the defendants pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, while a third defendant, Maimunah binti Haji Mohd Daud had pleaded guilty at the first instance.

Mohammad Nazri bin Hashim, 35, was sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to the trespass charge and another charge of dishonestly retaining stolen property.

Arizan bin Karim, 41, who possesses previous conviction records, was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment. Mohammad Nazri was also additionally convicted for dishonestly retaining stolen property.

According to DPP Sabrina binti Mahmud, on November 25, 2019, a female victim was at her house at Kampong Lumapas, Jalan Junjongan and her daughter told her about a car parked in the vicinity of her late father’s house in Kampong Lumapas at 10.39pm. The victim’s daughter told her that the car was also previously seen on the night of November 22, 2019.

Her daughter informed that she also heard noises from the house which sounded like someone was moving objects in the house. The victim’s brother and family members went to the house to investigate.

One of her family members then saw a woman coming out of the bushes near the house. The woman was asked to explain her presence in the vicinity. She claimed that she had a stomach ache and was looking for a toilet. The woman then entered the car and drove off.

The victim’s family members entered the house, and found Mohammad Nazri hiding behind the curtains on the ground floor of the house. He was apprehended by the family members.

He admitted that he had entered the house to steal a fish net and amplifiers. The victim lodged a police report.

Investigations revealed that Mohammad Nazri had admitted going to the house with Arizan and Maimunah using Maimunah’s car. Mohammad Nazri further admitted that he went inside the house at the upper level, took a fish net and an amplifier and stored the items in a green container. Mohammad Nazri also admitted that he carried the green container away from the items’ original location and placed it near the first floor entrance door of the house. He also admitted that he hid himself on the ground floor living room and was apprehended by the homeowners.

Further investigations led to Arizan and Maimunah’s arrest.

Arizan admitted that he entered the ground floor of the house as Mohammad Nazri went to the top floor. When he heard noises outside and saw people coming to the house, he immediately ran outside towards the bushes through the front door entrance of the house.

Arizan hid in the bushes after which Maimunah came to fetch him. Maimunah had earlier pleaded guilty in December 2019 and had been sentenced to imprisonment.

Sometime between the evening of November 22 and 23, 2019 Mohammad Nazri had dishonestly retained the stolen property being a fish net and two amplifiers.

He admitted to selling the fish net to a buyer for BND15 and two amplifiers to another buyer for BND10.

Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli presided over the case.