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Cleaner gets 16 months over stolen jewelleries
Published on: Wednesday, November 22, 2023
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Cleaner gets 16 months over stolen jewelleries
Each count under Section 414 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to seven years or fine, or both, on conviction.
Kota Kinabalu: A 34-year-old part-time cleaner was jailed 16 months, Tuesday, on three counts of disposing of stolen gold jewelleries.

Feronika Martin pleaded guilty before Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles to committing the offence at three different pawnshops between Aug 1 and Oct 5, this year.

On the first count, Feronika was sentenced to five months’ jail for disposing of the stolen jewellery – a 26cm gold necklace and a gold pendant at First Choice Sdn Bhd at City Parade, Centre Point on Aug 2.

Feronika was handed five months’ jail on the second count of disposing of a stolen 16cm gold bracelet at Power Sdn Bhd, Sedco Shophouse, Donggongon town, Penampang on Oct 5.

On the third count, Feronika was jailed six months for disposing of a stolen 6cm gold bracelet at Mako Sdn Bhd in Tuaran on Oct 19.

Each count under Section 414 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to seven years or fine, or both, on conviction.

Earlier, the court was informed by the prosecution that the jewellery owner lodged a police report on Nov 13 claiming that her jewelleries were missing from her house and believed that her maid by the name of Feronika Martin had stolen them.

According to the prosecution, the estimated loss is approximately RM20,000.

Duty counsel Lim Ming Zoong @ Lawrence, representing Feronika, requested a lenient sentence because Feronika, who was married with two children, cannot afford to pay a fine as she has no fixed income due to the  part-time nature of her work.

Lim said Feronika intended to sell the jewelleries to pay the family’s debt.

The prosecution applied for an adequate sentence.

The court ordered Feronika to serve the sentence of the first count from the date of her arrest and for the sentence of the second and third counts to run consecutively with the others.

Meanwhile, an unemployed man claimed trial to a similar offence.

Md Redzwan Syahfiqqi, 20, pleaded not guilty to disposing of a stolen smartphone, a MyKad and several ATM cards at 11.30am on Nov 12, this year at Kg Petagas.

The prosecution, in applying for a case management, proposed bail at RM4,000 in two sureties. 

Duty counsel Mohd Nazri Zikiri, representing the accused, applied for a lower bail amount.

Lovely set Dec 15 for case management and released the accused on a bail of RM1,700 in two sureties. Inspector Kelvan Elson Maik prosecuted.

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