A local man was sentenced to a year’s jail after he pleaded guilty to being an accomplice in a theft from a nasi katok stall.
In February 2020, Mohd Amri bin Mat Jali, 41, pleaded not guilty to being a co-defendant of a charge of stealing two gas cylinders, one CCTV receiver and 208 pieces of marinated chicken from a nasi katok stall in Tanjong Maya in the Tutong District.
The case was set for trial in February, but the defendant absconded court.
He had been missing since June 2020 and an arrest warrant was issued.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Mahmud arraigned the defendant in court and informed the magistrate that Tutong police personnel had arrested the defendant.
The defendant changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the charge.
The prosecution’s facts of the case states that the defendant and his accomplice were driving around Tanjong Maya on February 9, 2020 when they went to the stall.
The defendant alighted the car to buy a drink from a convenience store.
He and his accomplice went to the back of the stall and entered the premise through a sliding window.
They took the CCTV receiver, gas cylinders and marinated chicken, then sold the gas cylinders with the help of a third person.
Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid highlighted that although the defendant has no previous theft-related convictions, a deterrent sentence is necessary to prevent the defendant and others from committing a similar offence.
Meanwhile, the trial for the third person Yusnizam bin Haji Yakub, 39, who has been charged for voluntarily assisting in disposing the stolen gas cylinders has been fixed for February 6.