Four years, four whippings for housebreaking

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court yesterday sentenced a 32-year-old local man to four years’ jail with four whippings on conviction following his guilty plea towards a charge of housebreaking by night into a building used for the custody of property and taking into consideration his admission towards an offence of house trespass.

Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli dismissed defence counsel Ahmad Zakaria Mohammad’s plea for community service and a probation order to be handed to his client Hamizan bin Zainal Abidin as punishment.

“There are no exceptional circumstances (in the case) that the court can see (to warrant the order),” the Judge decided.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Firdaus Mohammad revealed in court that the defendant travelled in his car towards Jerudong Park sometime between midnight and 1am on February 12.

He then parked his car at the car park near ‘Pusing Lagi’ and walked towards a flat.

He found the gates locked and entered by sneaking through the drain and walked over into a store room where he stole a tool box and a drill.

He took the items and left it near the drain before going back to his car.

He parked his car near the drain and went back to the store room where he stole more items and placed it in a trolley.

However, before he could finish his ‘job’, the defendant fell asleep only to wake up at 8am.

He then pushed the trolley and transferred the stolen items into his car and fled the scene.

Management of the property realised that items had gone missing and filed a police report leading to the defendant’s arrest.