The Intermediate Court yesterday handed a five-year sentence and two strokes of the cane to a local chef for two counts of housebreaking for theft.
Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar found that Zool Amali bin Mahari is “notorious”, holding previous theft convictions dating as far back as 2006.
DPP Syazwani binti Jumat revealed in court that Zool Amali first struck a staff house in the Kiulap commercial area on the evening of June 10, where he stole a laptop and a mobile phone.
The 37-year-old defendant repeated his actions on June 12, this time targetting another staff house in the Kiulap commercial area, making away with two mobile phones.
It was the second incident that led to the police detecting the defendant’s acts, when a victim reported her loss with the help of the staff house CCTV footage capturing the defendant in action.