A 44-year-old local man was handed an 18 months’ jail sentence by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for a charge of theft of jewellery and cash from his family at their residence in Kampong Lambak Kanan.
Ismawadi bin Ishak was desperate to buy syabu and cigarettes, prompting him to steal from his family members.
Sometime in May and June, the defendant broke into a family member’s room in an extension of the family home, and stole BND200 cash, a gold necklace and a gold bracelet which he then exchanged with a friend for syabu.
In another occasion in May and June, the defendant broke into the main house and stole BND20 from a drawer in a bedroom which he used to buy a pack of cigarettes.
DPP Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli prosecuted the case which was presided over by Acting Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof.