Man gets 24 months prison sentence for arson in Sibu

The rented house at Bukit Lima Timur which was burned down in the fire.

SIBU, Oct 22: A man who was filmed setting a house on fire has been sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment by the Sessions Court today.

The accused, Andrew Sanggau, 37, pleaded guilty under Section 436 of the Penal Code for causing mischief by setting fire to a house at Lane 5, Bukit Lima Timur .

Judge Marutin Pagan who heard the case, ordered that the accused serve the sentence from the date of his arrest which was on Oct 13 this year.

According to the brief facts of the case, at about 12.12pm on Oct 13, the tenant of the house was working when told by his boss that someone had set fire on his rented house.

Arriving at the house, he saw that it was on fire and firefighters were trying their best to put it off. When the fire was brought under control he found that 90% of his belongings had been destroyed in the fire. These include clothes, kitchen items, his children’s school books and dishes.

He estimated the total loss at RM9,000.

Three of the tenant’s neighbours had witnessed the incident. One of them used his handphone to record the accused movement where he was caught entering the house.

He first removed a mattress and then set fire to the house.

Acting on information received from the public, a police team went to a house in the same area and arrested the accused at about 5pm on the same day. — DayakDaily.