Man to learn fate for stealing from donation box, family

A local man will learn his fate on August 26, after pleading guilty to committing theft and mischief in the Intermediate Court last Wednesday.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud informed the court that on the night of January 18, Hadiman bin Ahad, 41, had set out from the Kampong Mengkubau housing area towards the Kampong Tanah Jambu Mosque, bringing with him a piece of metal wire and some rat glue. He entered the mosque through a back door, wearing a black face mask and a cap to conceal his identity. Once inside, he looked around for items to steal and saw a donation box.

Using the metal wire and glue he had brought along, the defendant attempted to extract money from the box, but was unsuccessful. He then used a steel chair to force open the box and took the BND7 inside. The defendant left the mosque shortly afterwards, and headed for home.

That same night, a night watchman saw that the box had been forced open and informed the Imam, who then lodged a police report leading to the defendant’s arrest, with the aid of a CCTV footage which captured the defendant’s acts.

On June 12, at 7pm, the defendant took a bus from Muara to Kampong Salambigar with the intention of going to his brother-in-law’s house in Kampong Sungai Hanching.

On arrival at the house, the defendant entered through the back sliding door. In the living-room, he saw a smart phone on top of a shelf. He took the phone, put it into his backpack and left.

Later, at 10.30pm, the defendant’s brother-in-law came home, only to discover that his mobile phone had gone missing. He lodged a police report, which led to the defendant’s arrest.

While in police custody, the victim and his wife confronted the defendant, who admitted that he had stolen the phone.

Intermediate Court Judge Radin Safiee bin Radin Mas Basiuni is considering a fitting punishment, in the meantime.