Local man sentenced to six months’ jail for trespassing

Fadley Faisal

A 52-year-old local man was recently sentenced to six months’ jail for trespassing into government property.

Tamil bin Haji Johari initially denied the charge, but had a change of heart before the case could go to trial, and decided to plead guilty.

He also pleaded for leniency from Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar, citing his medical conditions, among other factors.

The court took into account the defendant’s mitigation, as well as the fact that he holds previous convictions ranging from trespass and theft to drug-related offences, in 1997-2020.

The court found the defendant to be lacking in remorse, particularly when paired with the fact that he had repeated the offence.

Prosecutor Ahmad Firdaus bin Mohammad revealed in court that at 4.24pm on December 26, 2020, the defendant was detained by security guards for trespassing into the former TelBru building at Old Airport.

Earlier, the security guards heard an alarm go off inside the building, a tell-tale sign that someone was tampering with it or attempting to do so.

One of the guards was sent to investigate and came across the defendant, who immediately ran out of the building, but fell into a drain where he was detained.

“Respecting the privacy of a building is imperative, as a matter of security,” the court said, on taking into account that the building is under the custody of the Ministry of Defence.