The Intermediate Court reserved December 5 for the sentencing of a 30-year-old man, who earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of armed robbery.
Judge Radin Safiee bin Radin Mas Basiuni will consider a fitting punishment for Pengiran Mohammad Azharuddin bin Pengiran Haji Tajuddin in the interval.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Hajah Rozaimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman informed the court that the incident occurred on the morning of November 20.
After dropping off his wife at work at 4am, the defendant bought a drink at a convenience store in Jerudong and drove to Lambak to buy fuel, before heading to his father-in-law’s house in Rimba.
However, sometime before 8am, the defendant stopped for another drink at a convenience store on Jalan Pasir Berakas.
At the time, the defendant was dressed in a black shirt and short trousers, wearing a disposable mask.
Realising that no one else was around, except for the cashier, he bought a bottle of water, went back to his car and took out a knife.
With the knife tucked into his trouser pocket, he entered the shop again and took items including paper plates, plastic spoons and dishwashing liquid, which he 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. However, the victim’s reflexes were quick and he grabbed hold of the blade in time.
A struggle ensued, with the victim shouting for help as he gripped the knife blade.
The defendant, fearing that the victim’s cries would be heard, quickly used his other hand to cover the victim’s mouth. He then pried the knife from the victim’s grasp, causing the other man to suffer a wound to his palm. The victim bled profusely, and experienced dizziness. Seeing this, the defendant extracted 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 one of the shelves at the cash counter and tried to set one of the paper plates alight. All the while, he kept instructing the victim not to shout for help.
With the stolen bag in his possession, the defendant fled the scene and got into 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 Mohamed Safreengham Usman Ali noted the car registration number as the defendant drove away and filed a police report.
The police were assisted in their investigations by the car registration number and footage from the shop’s CCTV camera.
During questioning, the defendant admitted that he tried to set paper plate on fire, without success. He also admitted to depositing BND100 from the stolen cash into a cash deposit machine to pay off his debt.
The penalty for armed robbery is a maximum of 30 years’ jail and a minimum of seven years’ jail, along with 12 strokes of the cane.