Construction worker gets seven years’ jail, caning for armed robbery at Jln Matang-Batu Kawa

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Sept 22: The Sessions Court here sentenced a construction worker to seven years in prison and seven strokes of the cane for a daring armed robbery at a local eatery last week.

The Court presided over by Sessions Court Judge Musli Ab Hamid, handed down the sentence after Feteri Abdullah, 25, pleaded guilty to the charge under Section 392 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 397 of the same Code.

Section 392 of the Penal Code carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to 14 years and may also entail a fine or caning upon conviction.

The charge against Feteri stemmed from a robbery incident on September 15, 2023, at about 6.32pm.

The victim, a female employee of an eatery in Taman Malihah, Jalan Matang-Batu Kawa, was targeted.

According to the facts of the case, the accused gained entry through the eatery’s rear door, disguising himself as a customer and pretending to place an order for a takeout beverage.

However, when the victim left her post at the cashier’s counter to prepare the order in the kitchen, the accused swiftly brandished a sharp object believed to be a ‘kerambit’ (a small, curved knife) and threatened the victim.

The accused then demanded the victim open the cash register on the premises and handed over the business proceeds, estimated at RM1,000.

During the incident, the accused also seized a mobile phone belonging to the eatery before escaping in a compact car parked behind the premises.

Police reports were filed immediately, and subsequent investigations, including facial identification by the victim and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, confirmed the accused’s involvement in the robbery.

ASP Hisyam Junaidi led the prosecution, while the accused did not have legal representation. — DayakDaily