Malaysian jailed for sneaking into Brunei, series of thefts


  • Brunei
  • Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 11 (The Borneo Bulletin/ ANN): A Malaysian man who sneaked in through a ‘mouse trail’ when Brunei recorded the first Covid-19 case was sentenced to two years and four months’ jail over charges of shoplifting and illegal entry.

Acting Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof presiding over the case last Thursday, heard from DPP Ahmad Firdaus bin Mohammad that Edwin Yan Kok Kim @ Md Yazid bin Abdullah, 44, had been barred from entering Brunei.

However, he sneaked into the country through the thickets. On record, he had been repatriated and barred from entering Brunei on February 19, 2005.

He stole a mobile phone from a food vendor in Rimba Point on June 30 at 3.30pm.

The victim lodged a police report with the aid of a CCTV footage.

Before he was arrested, he struck at a department store in Aman Hills Shopping Centre on July 3 stealing four packets of chocolate.

This time he was caught red-handed and questioned, leading to a police report and his arrest.

The prosecution informed the court that the defendant has two previous convictions under the Immigration Act and one for theft in a building.

The Magistrate took into account his instant guilty plea, however, said that the case was more aggravated with the fact that the defendant lacked respect for Brunei’s border control and his ignorance placed the country under risk at the start of the pandemic.

The court said that he could have spread the virus had he contracted it when he illegally entered Brunei last March. - The Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network

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