Man jailed for 3 years for setting electricity meter on fire

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Dec 15: A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in jail for setting ablaze the main electricity meter of a flat in Taman Sepakat Jaya.

Sylvester Bangau Daniel Guma from Balai Ringin pleaded guilty to the charge before Sessions Court Judge Afidah Abdul Rahman.
He was ordered to serve the jail term from the date of his arrest on Dec 11, 2022.

The accused was found to have intentionally committed mischief by fire on Sarawak Energy’s main electricity meter at a flat in Taman Sepakat Jaya, at about 3am on Dec 11. The damage resulted in loss of around RM1,000 to the utility company.

The brief facts of the case stated that a resident of the flat, who is also the complainant, saw the accused set fire on the main electricity meter using the coconut fiber material from a sofa chair.

The complainant then immediately informed her husband who put out the fire and then lodged a police report for further action to be taken.

The offence was framed under Section 435 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of 14 years imprisonment and is liable to a fine if found guilty.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Aiman Mutallib Mohamad Shariff prosecuted while the accused was not represented by a counsel. — DayakDaily