The Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 18 months’ jail for stealing from a nasi katok stall.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Mahmud revealed in court that Mohammad Noh bin Edham, 36, in February 2020 pleaded not guilty to stealing two gas cylinders, a CCTV receiver and 208 pieces of marinated chicken from a nasi katok stall in Tanjong Maya, Tutong District and was released on bail.
The prosecution informed Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid that the case was initially set for hearing in February 2021 and the defendant had breached his bail conditions when he was charged with committing armed gang-robbery on December 19, 2020.
The defendant then changed his plea and admitted to the theft.
The prosecution’s facts revealed that a cook at the nasi katok stall came for work on February 10, 2020 morning to find a CCTV receiver, two gas cylinders and two buckets containing 208 pieces of marinated chicken placed inside the freezer missing.
The cook also noticed that a sliding window of the stall was ajar.
She filed a complaint to the manager who lodged a police report.
Police investigations revealed that the defendant had been given a ride by a friend to a nearby convenience store, bought a drink and gave thought to stealing from the stall while returning to the car.
The defendant then committed the offence and sold the gas cylinders for BND100 with assistance from another friend.
Police recovered the cyclinder.
The magistrate highlighted the defendant’s lack of remorse and the business’ substantial loss when considering sentence to have a deterrent effect.