Theft convict’s jail term raised on appeal

Fadley Faisal

The High Court increased a man’s sentences by allowing the Public Prosecutor’s appeal, citing the sentence handed by the Magistrate’s Court to be inadequate.

Last March, the Magistrate’s Court sentenced Muhammad Yasriazizi bin Mohd Shahrol Amira to 12 months’ jail after he pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft in a dwelling and one count of cheating.

Yesterday, DPP Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli, representing the Public Prosecutor, appealed in the High Court against the sentence handed by the Magistrate’s Court to the respondent, citing that it is inadequate. Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong, presiding in the High Court application, substituted the sentence to two years and eight months’ jail.

“The starting point sentence of imprisonment on each of the offences should have been 18 months and not 16 months with a one-third reduction to 12 months for pleading guilty,” the Chief Justice said in revising the sentence to which approach the Magistrate’s Court should have taken.