BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 30 (BOrneo Bulletin/ANN): A 38-year-old female security guard was sentenced to 16 months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for the theft of a vehicle.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sabrina binti Haji Mahmud informed the court that the defendant Noormarlianti binti Haji Omar was with two friends in the vicinity of Bangunan GP Satu, Jalan Gadong at 6.10pm on April 20, when she saw the vehicle parked behind the building.
The defendant inspected the vehicle’s bonnet to see whether there was a battery underneath, and found none. She contacted a tow truck driver who arrived at 6.53pm.
The defendant instructed the truck driver to tow the vehicle to her friend’s house in Kampong Bebatik Kilanas, and paid BND30 for the service.
The vehicle owner, who had sent the vehicle for repairs at the workshop area, was informed that it had gone missing and filed a police report.
Police investigations aided by CCTV footage led to the defendant’s arrest.
In sentencing the defendant, Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid highlighted the aggravating factors present in this case.
“It is not the defendant’s first brush with the law, as she was previously imposed a 12-month imprisonment for theft, ” the Magistrate said, on finding the defendant holds a previous record of auto theft.
The Magistrate also highlighted the fact that the defendant was employed as a security guard, where her core duty comprised of operating within the law. The conviction of the case showed that she had behaved otherwise.
The court also viewed her act as premeditated, given that she had the time to survey the vehicle.
“Public interest is paramount, hence a custodial sentence is viewed necessary to deter the defendant and other likeminded persons from committing a similar offence, ” the Magistrate further said, on agreeing with the prosecution’s submissions. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN