Duo jailed for auto thefts

Fadley Faisal

A local duo landed in jail last Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of auto thefts in the Magistrate’s Court.

Alex Sandra bin Herman, 35, received 16 months’ jail while Taufik bin Abdul Rahim, 20,
12 months.

They stole a fast food delivery motorcycle from the staff house in Gadong commercial area between April 12 and 14.

The duo damaged its ignition to start its engine and rode off to take down its licence plates later.

Meanwhile, Alex Sandra stole a company car parked at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex at noon on September 14, 2019.

The unattended car’s engine was still running when the defendant drove it off.

The two incidents were immediately reported to the police by the victims on finding their vehicles missing.

Magistrate Mohammad Marzuqi bin Sabtu identified the duo as opportunistic thieves.

However, he highlighted that it is still as serious as premeditated offences and decided to pass a custodial sentence.

DPP Ahmad Firdaus bin Mohammad prosecuted the case.