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Court tosses out thief’s appeal for lighter sentence

Fadley Faisal

The Court of Appeal on November 22 upheld the Intermediate Court’s sentence to a thief, citing the prevalence and seriousness of the offences and the correct manner the court had passed the deterrent punishment.

Awangku Haji Radiman bin Pengiran Rahman pleaded guilty to three charges of auto theft and break-ins for theft on December 20, 2021. The Intermediate Court handed a sentence of four years and four months’ jail with two caning.

President of the Court of Appeal Justice Michael Peter Burrell, flanked by Justices Michael Lunn and Conrad Seagroatt, saw the prevalence of auto thefts and the seriousness of housebreaking offences, while underlining the appellant’s previous criminal records.

These were taken into account by the appellate court as was cited by the sentencing court leading to the preservation of the sentence.

Prosecutor Hajah Siti Mu’izzah binti Haji Sabli represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent in the appeal.