An arsonist was sentenced to nine years’ jail with six whippings by the High Court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
Muhammad Amir bin Haji Johara, 32, set fire to a store room of his parents’ house at Jalan Kecil Lampaki, Mukim Sengkurong on December 5, 2020.
Judge Haji Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said the offence was very serious.
The only credit the defendant deserved was his guilty plea at the first instance, he added.
DPP Hajah Rozaimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman’s facts of the case state that the defendant was alone at his parents’ house.
The defendant called his father and asked for BND10 which was denied. The rejection angered the defendant.
Driven by anger, he took a bottle of cordial syrup and threw it at a cabinet, breaking the glass.
He lit a newspaper on fire and threw it into the store room.
The defendant left the house and drove his car hastily, which caught the neighbour’s attention.
The neighbour caught a glimpse of the car driving away from the house, and saw smoke bellowing out of the house while a neighbour’s maid was screaming.
The neighbour called the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) and informed the owner that his house was on fire. The fire was doused and the neighbour’s statement recorded leading to the defendant’s arrest the same evening.
The FRD reported that the victim sustained BND20,000 in damages due to the fire.
DPP Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff prosecuted.