MELAKA: A man who brought along his disabled 12-year-old son to stage an armed robbery at a 24-hour convenience store was sentenced to five years in jail and ordered to be given three strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here.
Judge Darmafikri Abu Adam meted out the sentence after the accused, 32, pleaded guilty to the offence on Thursday (Jan 5).
Based on the charge sheet, the man had staged the armed robbery at a 7-Eleven outlet along Jalan Sutera 1/2, Taman Sutera, Batu Berendam here, at 1.20pm on Dec 23, 2022.
He had robbed the outlet of RM177 in cash and two boxes of cigarettes.
He was sentenced under Section 392/97 of the Penal Code for an armed robbery which carries a maximum of 20 years in jail, a fine and whipping upon conviction.
The statement of facts produced at the court also underlined that the Batu Berendam police station received a call from a female worker of the outlet stating that the premises was robbed by two individuals.
One of them brandished a knife before fleeing with the stolen goods.
Police later detained the suspect at Bukit Piatu here on the same day.
On Dec 25, The Star reported that police detained a man and his 12-year-old disabled son following an armed robbery at a convenience store.
However, the boy was freed on police bail shortly after his arrest due to his status as a disabled person.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said his detectives tracked both the 32-year-old man and his son a few hours after they staged the robbery.
He said the man had brought along his son, who is a slow learner, to the shop at Taman Sutera in Batu Berendam here under the pretext of buying things.