Unemployed youth turned to theft to pay family’s unpaid electricity bills


By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, March 5: The Magistrate’s Court here sentenced a jobless man to 45 days imprisonment for stealing from a supermarket.

Registrar Zaiton Anuar sentenced Mohd Zamri Matnor, 26, under Section 380 of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment term which may extend to 20 years and liable to fine, upon conviction.

As he was in lockup since he was arrested on Jan 21, he was released today after the registrar had passed the sentence.

He was found to have stolen eight units of Tatura cream cheese, 13 units of Anchor butter, nine units of cheddar cheese and one packet of Kopiko 3-in-1 coffee, from Mydin Supermarket Petra Jaya, on July 19, 2019, at about 4.08pm.

The accused, in his mitigation through his counsel Hani Iryani, said that his parents were divorced and that his father, who has custody of his siblings, were experiencing financial hardship.

According to his counsel, before he committed the theft, his family hadn’t paid their electricity bill for months and he had yet to get a job.

He had committed theft at the said supermarket to sell off the items at a cheaper price to pay for the family’s electricity bills. —DayakDaily