Yesterday, January 10, the Magistrate’s Court in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, sentenced a 49-year-old jobless man to three months in jail after he admitted to stealing food worth RM113.92.
According to New Straits Times, the guy admitted to stealing the Servay Hypermarket in Mile 7, Inanam, that evening of a bag of cereal, three packs of instant coffee, and a bottle of perfume.
Then, Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles gave him a two-month prison term and an RM500 fine, failing which he would have to serve another month in jail.
The father of three was charged with a crime and given a penalty under Section 380 of the Penal Code, which includes a first-time offender fine and a maximum term of 10 years in jail.
One of the security officers at the Servay Hypermarket had observed the accused acting suspiciously on the night of the event.
The man with the sling bag was stopped by the security guard. Then he acknowledged that he had not paid for the goods.
Musrikil Wara, the defendant, requested leniency while Inspector Kelvan Elson Maik, who represented the prosecutor, begged for an appropriate penalty. He had no advocate.
The father of three said that he had a difficult life and had to steal to get by.
The accused was sentenced by the court to serve time starting on the day of his arrest, which was January 6, this year.