The Magistrates’ Court recently sentenced a 31-year-old local man to 12 months’ jail, after he pleaded guilty to trespassing.
Mohammad Zamri bin Abdul Samad admitted to committing criminal trespass at a teacher’s residence and house trespass at a staff house in Kampong Tanjong Nangka.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud informed the court that on the morning of February 12, a resident of the Primary School Teachers’ Residential Area in Kampong Sengkurong noticed one of her CCTV cameras was missing from its usual place on her house columns.
She made the discovery while retrieving a child’s toy which had fallen under her single-storey stilt house.
Footage from the other CCTVs revealed a man roaming around and behaving in a suspicious manner at 3.26am, on February 11.
Fearing for the safety of her family, the woman immediately lodged a report, which led to the defendant’s arrest by the Sengkurong Police.
Investigations revealed that the defendant had travelled by foot from Tanjong Nangka to Kampong Sengkurong, in the wee hours of February 11.
He made his way to the Primary School Teachers’ Residential Area in Kampong Sengkurong, where he entered the compound and looked about the garage.
In the second incident, two restaurant employees were in the staff house above their workplace in Kampong Tanjong Nangka, at 8am on March 1, when they realised that the keys to the restaurant had gone missing. One of the employees remembered putting the keys in a trouser pocket and then hanging the trousers on the kitchen door, but the keys were nowhere to be found.
They complained to another colleague, who then checked CCTV footage, which showed a man suspiciously roaming around the staff house kitchen at 1.26am, on March 1.
The employees lodged a police report, which led to an unravelling of the defendant’s involvement.
The footage showed the defendant apparently looking around for items in the kitchen, before going through the trouser pockets and taking the keys. It also showed the defendant leaving the staff house at 1.42am.
Acting Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof took into account the defendant’s record before handing the sentence.
The defendant has had a range of previous convictions since 2007, and had been released from prison in December 2020.
The court highlighted that a custodial sentence is appropriate for both offences, as the defendant has no respect for other people’s property.