Bicycle thief gets 20 months behind bars

A former uniformed personnel who stole a bicycle was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment by the Magistrate’s Court, yesterday.

Adi Sukri bin Haji Sulaiman, 45, pleaded guilty to the theft charge pressed by Deputy Public Prosecutor Syazwani binti Jumat.

Acting Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof heard from the prosecution about how the defendant had commited the offence.

At around noon, on June 28, the defendant was walking along the parking lot between Sungai Kianggeh and The Brunei Hotel, when he noticed a Java bike mounted on a parked car.

He took out a pair of scissors, cut the ropes to release the bike, and then rode it back home to Kampong Bolkiah ‘B’.

The victim realised his bike had gone missing the same day, prompting a police report, which led to the defendant’s arrest.

The prosecution also informed the court, which noted the defendant’s notoriety by the fact that he holds previous theft-related offences from conviction records in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2016.