A 30-year-old local man was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment by the Magistrate’s Court on Saturday.
Md Azmi bin Aji pleaded guilty to the theft of two Yamaha fuel gallons from a boat, in the vicinity of Kampong Saba Darat ‘A’.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud informed the court that at 9pm on August 21, the defendant came across a boat in a garage at Kampong Saba Darat ‘A’ and climbed into it, looking for items to steal.
He opened up a storage compartment, to find two red-coloured, 24-litre Yamaha fuel gallons inside. One gallon was empty and the other was filled with fuel.
Taking both fuel gallons with him, he then boarded a water-taxi bound for Kampong Pandai Besi. Along the way, he sold the gallon filled with fuel to the driver of the water-taxi for BND13.
Disembarking at Kampong Pandai Besi, the defendant attempted to sell the remaining empty gallon to the residents there, but no one was interested.
At 10pm, the victim was informed by her brother that the fuel gallons belonging to her husband were missing from their boat. She told her brother and her other siblings to search around for the gallons.
Beginning in Kampong Saba, the search continued at Kampong Pandai Besi, where they saw the defendant carrying one of the fuel gallons. He tried to run away, but the victim’s siblings apprehended him.
On being confronted, the defendant admitted to stealing the two fuel gallons and selling one to the driver of a water-taxi. He was brought to the Kampong Ayer Police Station, where a report was lodged.
During investigations, the police retrieved the fuel gallon that had been sold. The cost of the two fuel gallons is estimated at BND200.
While sentencing the defendant, Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid noted his lack of remorse, as he is not new to crime and has a string of previous convictions.
“A deterrent sentence is needed to deter the defendant and other like-minded persons from committing similar offences. A custodial sentence is necessary as the public is a paramount consideration,” she added.
The recovered stolen items were also ordered to be returned to the owner.