The Intermediate Court yesterday handed a seven year jail sentence with 12 whippings to a local man who robbed at knife point, a foreign man who tried to hitch a ride.
Intermediate Court Judge Harnita Zelda Skinner took into consideration 35-year-old Mohammad Azhan bin Ahmad’s guilty plea at the first instant, however, his acts were aggravated by the fact that he randomly targetted the victim, threatened him with a knife and locked him in the vehicle to prevent him from escaping.
DPP Syazwani binti Jumat revealed in court that the defendant was driving his car towards Panaga Beach at 4.30pm on May 29.
He reached Panaga School and saw an Indian national waiting at a bus stop and approached him.
The defendant asked him where he was headed and offered to give him a ride to his staff house at Pandan 5, Kuala Belait. They agreed on a fee, but when the victim got into the car, he tried to sit in the back of the car but eventually took the seat next to the driver’s on the defendant’s insistence.
While travelling, the victim asked about the fare to which the defendant replied BND20.
The victim said he did not have BND20 and told the defendant he needed to wait till he received his salary before he could pay the fare.
The defendant reached into the compartment drawer of his car and took out a knife to threaten the victim.
The defendant then told the foreign man that he must pay or surrender his mobile phone.
The victim reluctantly chose the mobile phone.
After the victim got out of the car, the defendant made his way to a friend’s house where he sold the phone for BND30.
The victim lodged a police report on May 30 which led to the defendant’s arrest.