Cable thief’s plea for lower sentence dismissed

Fadley Faisal

A cable thief’s plea for a lower sentence was dismissed yesterday as the High Court found the Magistrate’s Court decision fitting.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong considered Mohammad Shahrul bin Abdullah Teo @ Teo Meng Chai’s sentence of two years and three months’ jail with two whipping to be a “severe sentence warranted because of the prevalence of such offences which cause substantial financial losses to the government”.

Mohammad Shahrul was convicted after a trial in the Magistrate’s Court on two counts of cable theft and two counts of mischief by causing damage.

Appearing in the appeal as respondents, prosecutors Aeny Zullizam and Mohammad Kamarul Ariffin bin Ismail’s case against Mohammad Shahrul was that he stole over 400 metres of cable after cutting it from the Golden Corporation in Bukit Udal, Tutong’s electrical substation, on two separate occasions in January.