The Intermediate Court yesterday handed a sentence of four years and eight months’ jail with two whippings to a local for theft from a residence, of a vehicle and housebreaking by night.
Mohammad Nazri bin Mohd Nordin, 33, rented a car on September 9 and set out looking for things to steal.
He first struck at Kampong Kilanas when he passed a house where renovation works were carried out, and saw a bag outside the door.
He parked in the driveway, checked the surroundings and took a wallet containing BND900 and a smartphone from the bag, and fled.
On the night of September 11, the defendant set out again and drove around Kampong Katok using the rented car.
He noticed a terrace house that was seemingly unoccupied and parked there.
He climbed the house and entered it. He stole a coin box, a watch, a laptop and a television.
As he carried the television to the kitchen and made his way back to the living room, he noticed lights coming from an approaching vehicle. In a panic, the defendant ran out of the house leaving the television and throwing away the other stolen items, only to come back for them later that night.
He went back to the house and pretended to help to the worried house owner. He claimed to have seen the thief.
However, when the house owner received a call that the police arrived, he left.
At 3am the following day, the defendant returned to retrieve the items which he threw away.
He only obtained the coin box, but not the watch and laptop.
At 9pm on September 14, as the defendant was driving around, he came across an unattended vehicle at a convenience store in Kiulap.
He parked his car nearby, approached the car and drove it away. He took BND900 from a wallet in the storage compartment. He threw away the car key in a nearby field and left.
Most of the stolen cash was spent on gambling and personal expenses.
Judge Harnita Zelda Skinner presided over the case. Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud represented the Public Prosecutor.