Thursday, August 22

Filipino jailed for stealing police car

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KOTA KINABALU: The Magistrate’s Court here yesterday sentenced a Filipino to 18 months’ imprisonment for stealing a Proton Waja car belonging to the police.

Moksin Mustafa, 23, pleaded guilty before magistrate Norhamizah Shaiffuddin to a charge of stealing the car at a carpark near a restaurant at the Api-Api Centre here between 2am and 8.30am on Dec 24, 2010.

He was charged under Section 379A of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of between one year and seven years, and a fine.

Prosecuting officer Chief Inspector Ismail Mohd Razali told the court that a policeman had earlier borrowed the police car to take a PTK test.

He said that during the night the policeman stayed at a hotel with his brother-in-law and one friend (Moksin), but when the police woke up early in the morning, he with his brother-in-law were shocked to find all their belongings, including the car key, were stolen.

Later they found that the car was also missing.

Moksin was arrested several days later and the car was recovered, Ismail said.

Meanwhile, the court also ordered the accused to be referred to the Immigration Department for further action after his release from jail.