KUCHING: A male labourer was fined RM1,000 and jailed for one day by the Magistrate’s Court here today for stealing RM50 from the mosque fund by digging with a broomstick.
The accused Affendee, 33, pleaded guilty to a charge which was read out by an interpreter in front of Senior Assistant Court Registrar Sandy Yvette Freddy.
Sandy ordered the accused to be imprisoned for one month if he fails to pay the fine.
According to the charges, he was charged with stealing RM50 cash from the fund belonging to a mosque in Kampung Tabuan Hilir Selipar Putus at around 5pm on November 5.
Therefore, the accused is charged under Section 380 of the Penal Code, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years and can be fined, upon conviction.
As a result of the investigation, it was found that the accused dug the mosque’s money box using a broomstick with a bent end.
It is understood that previously the accused had a past criminal record involving online gambling cases under Section 4B(a) of the Open Gambling House Act 1953.
Prosecution was handled by Prosecuting Officer Inspector Nur Syafiqa Nyaie Ilin while the accused was not represented by a lawyer.
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