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Four years’ sentence for serial burglar

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court handed a four years’ jail sentence to a 28-year-old local man after he pleaded guilty to charges for thefts yesterday.

Judge Radin Safiee bin Radin Mas Basiuni heard from the prosecution that Mohammad Suhaimi bin Mohd Sofri, committed the offences over October, November and December last year.

Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud revealed in court that the defendant first struck a house at Jalan Puteri China, Seria at 12.40pm on October 29, 2021.

He trespassed into the house compound when the occupants realised his presence and saw him walking towards the store room.

The house occupant called out to a family member, warned to not go out of the house and called the police.

Not long after, the defendant was seen leaving the compound but the family member managed to record a video of the defendant using a mobile phone, which led to the defendant’s identification and arrest.

However, before he could be arrested, the defendant walked over to Jalan Nakhoda Manis in Seria.

At 12.54pm, the defendant entered a house compound and saw through an open window belongings left on a dressing table.

He reached through the window and stole a mobile phone and BND50 cash from a wallet.
The elderly houseowner went to check on her cats at the back of the house when she heard noises.

She then noticed a man in the garage, but thought that the man was his son and went back inside her house.

The houseowner later realised that her belongings had gone missing and lodged a police report.

At 2.10am on November 19, 2021 the defendant made away with two grinder machines from a company storage area in Lorong Tiga Barat, Seria.

He then misappropriated the machines by asking another person to sell it.

On December 20, 2021 during his arrest, the defendant was found in possession of a mobile phone and a pair of shoes reported to have been stolen.

He admitted that he had retained the stolen properties.

Prosecutor Sabrina pressed on the aggravating factors of the case and the defendant’s long list of previous theft related convictions to be taken into account in sentencing.

Judge Radin Safiee handed the sentence on reflecting the facts of the case, its aggravating features and the defendant’s non-remorseful acts.