| Fadley Faisal |
THE Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed a prison sentence to a uniformed personnel for misappropriating another person’s wallet.
Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid sentenced PC 6287 Muhammad Adi Shafiee bin Bakar, 23, to five months’ imprisonment, while trial dates will be set on April 10 for Hazman bin Haji Mohammad Hussin, 49.
DPP Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali’s charge against Hazman states that he had misappropriated the wallet containing BND615 in cash, outside a convenience store in Jalan Menglait at 9.43am on March 10.
Later, the owner returned to the store for his wallet, but was told by the cashier that he had not seen it.
They both went through CCTV footage, which showed a man taking up the wallet, going through its contents and then leaving the store after making some purchases. A screenshot of the footage was uploaded to Facebook, to seek public assistance in recovering the lost wallet, along with the phone number of the owner’s girlfriend.
Days later, on March 23, the girlfriend received a call from Hazman, who informed her that the wallet owner had left it at the door of the Gadong night market police post, on March 11.
The wallet owner was informed, and a subsequent investigation revealed that PC 6287 Muhammad Adi Shafiee had been on duty when a stall vendor handed the wallet to him.
PC 6287 Muhammad Adi Shafiee had placed the wallet in a bag, which he brought home with him.
On March 14, seeing that no-one had come to claim it, PC 6287 Muhammad Adi Shafiee took BND30 from the wallet, before disposing of it.