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Serial Thief Gets Sentence Reduced
May 18th, 2017 | 14:20 PM | 688 views
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A seriel thief had his sentence reduced from eight years’ imprisonment with two strokes of the cane to five years and four months’ jail with thwo strokes by the Court of Appeal recently.
Upholding the appeal, Justice John Barry Mortimer, presiding in the court flanked by Justices Seagroatt and Burrell, granted the reduction after seeing that the Imtermediate Court’s sentence was too high.
According to the statement of facts, Awangku Martuddin bin Pengiran Samsuddin broke into restaurants at night on 16 occassions between December 26, 2013 and January 24, 2014 and stole goods, money, television sets and other items. He caused damages on three occasions while making entry.
He was also accused of stealing goods from an unattended vehicle.
The Justice, after considering the totality principles in the case, revised the sentence, keeping in view of the need to impose a deterrent sentence for such offences.
DPP Hajah Rozaimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman represented the Public Prosecutor as respondent in the appeal.
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