The Intermediate Court on Thursday handed a three years and four months’ jail with two canings to a local man who broke into a room to steal property.
Mohammad Nazmenizam bin Abdullah, 23, pleaded guilty to the housebreaking charge and admitted to the statement of facts revealed in court by prosecutor Syafina Abdul Hadzid.
Judge Pengiran Masni Pengiran Haji Bahar heard that the defendant worked for almost a year at a food stall. The shop was housed in Bangunan Koperasi Tanjong Maya, Tutong District.
The prosecutor said investigations revealed that the defendant while working at the food stall on July 3, noticed his employer leaving along with a chef from another stall in the same premises.
Mohammad Nazmenizam went behind the building and headed for a room which he knew was rented by the chef.
He forced open the door using a fork. He stole a phone and its box, and a charger.
He then went back to work and hid them in the stall’s storeroom cabinet.
The defendant sold the stolen items to an unknown buyer through Facebook.
The victim, on realising that his phone was missing, lodged a police report leading to the defendant’s arrest.
The defendant told investigators that he received BND80 from the sales and bought food and petrol for his car.
Prosceutor Syafina also informed court that the defendant holds conviction records related to housebreaking.