Theft bid lands local in jail


KOTA KINABALU: The Magistrate’s Court here yesterday jailed a local man for three months for trying to steal.

Magistrate Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim imposed the sentence on Asri Nooh, 34, after he pleaded guilty to attempting to steal from a food stall belonging to 49-year-old Punchki Ijirun @ Andakan at Tanjung Aru here on Dec 7.

He was convicted under Section 379 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 511 of the same Code, which provides for a jail term of up to three years or with a fine or with both.

The accused, from Tanjung Aru, pleaded for a lenient sentence on the grounds that his wife was pregnant and no one would take care of their children as he was the sole breadwinner.

The prosecution pressed for a heavier sentence as Asri had committed a serious offence.

In a separate case, the same court fined a local woman of RM1,700, in default three months’ imprisonment for consuming syabu.

Irene Malanjang, 35, pleaded guilty to a charge framed under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or a jail term of up to five years or with both, upon conviction.

Meanwhile, four local men, Omar Gul Mohamad, 29, Mohd Jahari Abdullah, 30, Raman Malintar, 30, and Mohammad Tahir, 28, were each jailed for three months after they admitted to committing a similar offence.

All the accused were arrested during separate operations at Sepanggar, Tanjung Aru, Penampang and the City areas after their urine samples tested positive for the drug abuse between Nov 1 and 4.

Noor Hafizah also ordered Malanjang, Omar, Mohd Jahari, Malintar and Mohamad to be placed under police supervision for two years.