Thief to learn fate on October 22

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court yesterday convicted a local man, upon his guilty plea for theft from a residence, a vehicle and housebreaking by night.

Mohammad Nazri bin Mohd Nordin, 33, rented a car on September 9 and set out looking for things to steal.

He first struck Kampong Kilanas when he went past a house undergoing renovation and saw a bag outside a door.

He parked in the driveway, checked the surroundings and then took a wallet containing BND900 and a smartphone and fled.

On the night of September 11, the defendant set out again in the rented car looking for things to steal and drove around Kampong Katok.

He noticed a terrace house that was seemingly unoccupied and parked there.

He entered and ransacked the house, making away with a coin box, a watch, a laptop and a television.

As he carried the television to the kitchen and made his way back to the living room to look for more stuff, he noticed lights from an approaching vehicle.

Panicking, the defendant ran out of the house leaving the television and throwing away the other things he stole, only to come back for them later that night.

He went back to the house and pretended to be a good Samaritan to assist the worried house owner.

He claimed to have seen the thief, but when the house owner received a call saying that the police had arrived, he left.

At 3am the following day, the defendant came back to retrieve the items which he had thrown away.

He managed to get the coin box but not the watch and laptop.

On September 14 at 9pm, as the defendant drove around in the rented car in search for more things to steal, he came across an unattended vehicle at a convenience store in Kiulap.

He parked his car, approached the car and drove away.

He took BND900 from a wallet in a storage compartment in the vehicle. He then stopped the car, threw the key into a field and left.

Most of the stolen cash were spent on gambling and personal expenses.

Judge Harnita Zelda Skinner deferred handing her sentence to October 22 to consider a fitting punishment. Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud represented the Public Prosecutor.