High Court dismisses appeal against sentence for theft

Fadley Faisal

The High Court dismissed an appeal made by a theft offender against sentence last Saturday, seeing it to be a fair decision by the Magistrate’s Court.

Mohammad Khairol Azizan bin Abdul Karim was sentenced to five years and two months’ jail for 11 charges of theft in a dwelling, other thefts, receiving stolen property, mischief and switching car number plates.

“The offences were committed by the applicant with one or two accomplices between April and September 2018 and these involved the theft of jewellery, money, electronic devices, five cars and eight gas cylinders from residences and public car parks. One of the stolen cars was repainted black and the original licence plate was replaced with a false one,” Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong considered on the overall circumstances as well as the facts of the case.

The Chief Justice, on deciding to dismiss the application, said that the sentencing magistrate had correctly decided on a deterrent sentence in order to protect the public and is not excessive. DPP Dr Hussin Ali bin Idris represented the public prosecutor as respondent in the appeal.