An 18-year-old security guard was sentenced to 12 months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court recently, after he pleaded guilty to stealing from a shop cash register.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud informed the court that on December 5, Abdul Hafiz bin Abdullah Sani was working the night shift at a building in Pandan 7, Kuala Belait, which began at 10pm and ended at 6am the following day.
He called up a friend to come over, and also hatched a plan to steal from an ice-cream shop in the same building.
Between 3am-4.19am on December 6, the defendant and his friend broke into the ice-cream shop by using a pair of scissors to open the sliding door.
After failing to open the cash register, the defendant looked up the Internet for ways to release the catch and took turns with his friend to pry it open.
They found an envelope containing BND74 and the defendant took BND40 and the rest to his friend.
Later in the morning, a sales assistant reported the theft to the supervisor, who checked the CCTV footage.
A police report was lodged, leading to the defendant’s arrest.
Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid took the aggravating factors of the case into account and ordered the defendant to pay the shop BND74 as compensation, or risk serving another two weeks’ jail.