Mum jailed 10 months for stealing clothes

MELAKA: A mother of three was sentenced to 10 months’ jail in a Magistrate’s Court here for stealing men’s underwear and other items of clothing.

Farah Munirah Zahari, 34, pleaded guilty before magistrate Sharda Shienha Mohd Suleimanon for stealing seven pairs of pants, three boxes of men’s underwear and a singlet, worth RM1,256.60, at a shopping complex here at 1.50pm on Nov 24.

In mitigation, she told the court yesterday that she has three young children, including a baby, and a mother who is a cancer patient to care for while her husband is unemployed.

The sentence was meted out under Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years upon conviction.

The court also heard that Farah Munirah was a repeat offender with a record of two thefts at other supermarkets between 2018 and 2019.

She also faced another charge at the same court, under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, for allegedly administering drugs to herself on the day she was detained on Nov 24.

The court fixed Jan 10 for re-mention of the second case and granted RM2,500 bail in one surety to Farah Munirah, who was unrepresented.Meanwhile, local businessman and philanthropist Datuk Chew Chert Fong has offered to help Farah Munirah as he expressed concern for her young children.

“As a fellow Melakan, I want to help the children, particularly the baby, while their mother is in jail. I will set aside funds to help them.

“I will also get a lawyer friend to help in her upcoming drug case,” said Chew, who is known for his charity work in the state since 2015.

He started a free bicycle project to benefit hundreds of students, sponsored education materials, spectacles and equipment for schools and organised close to 200 community programmes in Melaka and Negri Sembilan.

In an unrelated case, police conducted a series of raids and arrested six individuals suspected of being mule account holders for fraud syndicates.

According to a statement from Penang’s Southwest district police headquarters yesterday, the three men and three women, aged between 22 and 30, were detained separately in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“They were arrested on suspicion of being mule account holders for scam syndicates involved in the online purchase and sale of laptops, handphones, cars and gold as well as an online parcel scam.

“Based on investigations, the losses incurred by victims were between RM10,000 and RM25,500 involving cases reported in 2005, and 2020 to 2022,” it said, Bernama reported.

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