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Thieves sentenced to jail, canings

Two individuals were sentenced to jail and caning for a series of housebreakings and theft offences yesterday.

Muhammad Aiman bin Morni, 26, was sentenced to three years’ jail and two strokes of the cane while Mohd Saiful Rizal bin Bujang, 36, was sentenced to six years’ jail with four strokes of the cane.

Mohd Saiful Rizal along with two accomplices, conspired to break into a residence in Kuala Belait on May 2, according to Prosecutors Radin Wafri bin Radin Sufri and Kamal Ariffin bin Ismail.

The group broke into the house through a window and stole various items before fleeing.

On the night of May 3, both defendants and an individual known as ‘Person A’, hatched another plan to break into and steal from the same residence.

Although their initial attempt was thwarted due to concerns raised by an individual known as Person A, the defendants persisted and succeeded in carrying out the plan to break into the house and pilfered a number of items.

The incident was discovered the following morning, prompting a police report and investigations.

Despite police efforts, not all stolen items were recovered.

Both defendants reportedly admitted to their roles in these activities during police interrogation.

Both defendants hold similar criminal records. Their past convictions include offences related to theft, housebreaking, and receiving stolen property.

Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar gave weight to the offences and the defendants’ previous convictions when handing the sentence. – Fadley Faisal

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