GEORGE TOWN: A kopitiam employee was jailed one year and fined RM10,000 in default six months’ jail by a magistrate’s court here after admitting to an alternative charge of possessing a stolen car.
Lim Hock Song, 45, from Klang, Selangor, was originally charged with stealing a Proton Inspira worth RM63,000 at a parking lot of the Mutiara Vista apartment block in Jalan Bakau, Jelutong, at about 8am on March 25.
He however, pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of possessing the car instead.
The offence under Section 411 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail sentence of five years and a fine.
According to the facts of the case presented by deputy public prosecutor Edward Chan, the car owner Mohd Hanif Ahmad, 34, found his car, which was parked at the parking lot of the apartment, missing when he returned home from work at about 8pm that day.
Policemen who were on patrol, spotted the stolen car in Jalan Seruling 59, Taman Klang Jaya, Selangor, on March 31.
Magistrate Nurul Rasyidah Mohd Akit ordered Lim, who was unrepresented, to serve his jail term from the date of his arrest on March 31 and to be fined RM10,000 in default of six months’ jail.
Lim failed to pay the fine.