The Intermediate Court yesterday deferred handing sentence to a Bangladeshi man who pleaded guilty to breaking into a shop on October 22 to consider a fitting punishment.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud’s facts of the case stated that Safikul Islam was smoking outside his friend’s house near a hardware shop in Kampong Pintu Malim at 10.45pm on September 22.
The defendant later walked over to the shop’s storage area and climbed over the wall to gain access into the ceiling. The defendant felt the ceiling was wet and made a hole and pushed open the ceiling to gain access into the shop.
Inside the shop, the defendant, aided by the torch light from his phone, opened the drawers of the table and stole three mobile phones.
On the upper floor, he took coins amounting to BND7.
He then took a ladder and climbed back into the ceiling to make his way out.
The shop manager who arrived to work with three of his staff on September 23 discovered the mobile phones and cash missing.
They filed a police report and checked the CCTV.
The shop staff saw the defendant nearby and apprehended him on the night of September 25 upon recognising him from the CCTV footage.
He was handed over to the police.
Judge Pengiran Hajah Norismayanti binti Pengiran Haji Ismail is considering the sentence while taking into account the defendant’s plea for leniency and the prosecutor’s submission for a deterrent sentence.