By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Sept 25: A former security guard was sentenced to three months in prison and fined RM1,000 by the Magistrate’s Court here today for stealing essential items from a supermarket on September 15.
Muhammad Shahrul Nizam Abdullah, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge brought before Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi.
He was charged with stealing two bags of rice and a carton of chicken eggs at a supermarket on Jalan Padungan at around 1.14pm on September 15.
The accused was charged under Section 381 of the Penal Code, which carries a punishment of up to seven years in prison and a fine if found guilty.
The court also imposed a one-month prison sentence on the accused if he fails to pay the fine.
According to the facts of the case, at around 4pm, the complainant, an employee of the store, was informed by the store manager that Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) footage showed one of their employees removing several bags of rice from the storage area.
The complainant then confronted the accused, who worked as a security guard, about the removal of rice and other items seen in the CCTV footage.
The accused subsequently admitted to taking two bags of rice and a carton of eggs.
A police report was filed against the accused for further investigation.
The investigation revealed that the accused had committed the offense of stealing his employer’s property.
It is understood that the accused tested positive for methamphetamine during a urine screening.
The prosecution in the case was handled by Inspector Merylene Lindan Andrew Mang, while the accused was not represented by a lawyer. — DayakDaily