The Intermediate Court yesterday sentenced a local man to eight years’ imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane, after he pleaded guilty to committing armed robbery.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Rozaimah binti Abdul Rahman’s facts of the case stated that Pengiran Mohammad Azharuddin bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin, 30, was dropping off his wife at work at 4am on November 29, and went to a convenience store in Jerudong to buy a drink.
He drove to Lambak to buy fuel, before heading to his father-in-law’s house in Rimba.
Sometime before 8am, the defendant stopped for another drink at a convenience store on Jalan Pasir Berakas.
The defendant was dressed in a black shirt and shorts with a disposable mask covering his face.
Realising that no one else was around except for the cashier, he bought a bottle of water and went back to his car to get a knife.
With the knife tucked into his trouser pocket, he returned into the shop and picked up items including paper plates, plastic spoons and dishwashing liquid, and placed at the cashier counter, where the victim was stationed.
As the victim tallied up the items, the defendant took out the knife and aimed it at the victim’s neck. Due to the victim’s quick reflexes, he was able to get hold of the blade in time to avoid injuries.
A struggle ensued, with the victim calling for help with his grip still on the knife.
The defendant, fearing that the victim’s cries would be heard, used his other hand to cover the victim’s mouth.
He then pried the knife from the victim’s grasp, injuring the other man’s palm.
The victim experienced dizziness due to heavy bleeding.
The defendant took the opportunity to extract a black bag from a drawer under the cash till.
He unzipped the bag and found money and recharge cards.
The defendant put the knife in the bag, took a lighter from the counter and tried to set one of the paper plates alight.
With the stolen bag in his possession, the defendant fled the scene and headed to his car.
As he did so, the victim began shouting for help again, and a friend working at a nearby restaurant came to his aid.
The victim’s friend noted the car registration number as the defendant drove away and filed a police report.
The police were further aided by footage from the shop’s CCTV camera.
During questioning, the defendant admitted that he had tried to set paper plates on fire, without success. He also admitted to depositing BND100 from the stolen cash into a cash deposit machine to pay off his debt.
Judge Radin Safiee bin Radin Mas Basiuni presided over the case while DP Emily Goh stood in for the Public Prosecutor.