Cop is jailed for keeping, disposing of stolen items
Published on: Thursday, March 31, 2022
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Kota Kinabalu: A police corporal was jailed 48 months, Wednesday, on two counts of keeping and disposing of stolen properties.

Nizam Jaluddin, 32, changed his plea to guilty before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun to the charges on Wednesday which was scheduled for trial.

Nizam was jailed 24 months for disposing of a stolen motorcycle belonging to  Khairul Azwad at 7.30pm, on June 6, 2020, at Taman Seri Maju, Sepanggar.

On the second count, Nizam was handed another 24 months for keeping five stolen motorcycle accessories and a helmet at 4.30pm, on June 12, 2020 at the compound of Kota Kinabalu police station.

The court ordered Nizam to serve the sentences concurrently.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Dk Afiqah Alya told the court that Nizam had sold the stolen motorcycle to a man for RM1,000.

Counsel Lim Ming Zoong, who represented Nizam together with counsel Chin Teck Ming, requested for a lenient sentence to be run concurrently as all the items had been returned to the owner.

DPP Afiqah pressed for a deterrent sentence to ensure Nizam reflects upon his wrongdoing while in prison before being released.

She also highlighted to the court that Nizam’s bail had been revoked as he was arrested while on bail.

The first count against Nizam was framed under Section 411 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to five years or a fine, or both on conviction while the second count under Section 414 of the Penal Code provides a maximum jail term of seven years or a fine, or both, on conviction.

In another case, a Filipino labourer was jailed seven months and fined RM1,000 or two months jail for shoplifting.

Hermi Abdullah admitted before Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles to stealing a measurement tape, two units of square ruler and a unit of folding saw from the Mr DIY shop in Centre Point Sabah at 6pm on March 9.

Inspector Kelvan Elson Maik, prosecuting, told the court that Hermi was caught by security camera stuffing the RM53.34 worth of items into his bag and walking out without paying.

Hermi was detained outside the premises and handed to the police, the court heard.

Hermi requested for a lower fine by saying that it was his first offence and that he has four small children and his wife is unemployed. Kelvan applied for an adequate sentence.

The court ordered Hermi to be referred to the Immigration Department thereafter as applied by the prosecution as he has no identification documents.

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