KUALA LUMPUR: It was like a display of wares at a flea market when two criminal cases were brought to a magistrate’s court here yesterday.
The array of exhibits before the court included fishing rods and accessories, foodstuff, stationery and a table fan.
Part of the exhibits were recovered from housewife Lee Nyok Wan, 41, who admitted stealing various items, totalling RM363, at the Jusco departmental store in Taman Maluri, Cheras.
Apart from stationery, coffee powder, cashew nuts and a bed sheet, she also tried to get away with a table fan.
Those in court could only wonder how she had intended to leave the department store unnoticed with such a big item.
Lee was jailed one day and fined RM300 for shoplifting at the store on April 27.
Counsel K. Ganesh told the court earlier that Lee was desperate after her husband left her. They had been married 10 years and have three children.
“When her husband left her for another woman, Lee was left high and dry with no means of supporting the children,” he said.
Her brother, who has been supporting her since, paid the fine.
In the other case, a pasar malam hawker was jailed 16 months for breaking into a shop and stealing RM1,200 worth of fishing rods.
Magistrate Nik Asma Anita Makhtar also ordered Noramin Darham to be placed under police supervision for a year upon completing his sentence.
Noramin, 28, had pleaded guilty to committing the offence between 9pm on April 22 and 5pm on April 24 at a shop in Taman Sri Sentosa at Jalan Kelang Lama.