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Serial burglar jailed four years

PUTRAJAYA: A former soldier with 31 previous criminal records relating to housebreaking was sentenced to four years jail and a stroke of the whip by the Magistrate’s Court here today for four counts of committing a similar offence.

Mazlan Mohamad, 43, who pleaded guilty to the charges of breaking into two apartments and two houses in Putrajaya and robbing the occupants of their valuables, were sentenced to four years jail on each count.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab. Rahman, however, ordered him to serve the sentences concurrently from today.

He was ordered to be given a stroke of the cane for the fourth charge, for breaking into the house in Precinct 14, Putrajaya, and stealing a laptop, an Iphone, a mini Ipad, five watches, a Nikon camera, a box of jeweleries and five bottles of perfume, worth RM18,000, belonging to Zalwani Zalkaply.

The offence was committed between 11 am and 6pm last Aug 8.

On the first count, Mazlan was charged with breaking into an apartment belonging to Noriza Othman in Precinct 5, Putrajaya, and stole a Acer laptop at 4 pm on Aug 30, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to the second charge of breaking into an apartment belonging to Dassky Shah Ewas Hamshah to steal a laptop and an Ipad in Precinct 18, Putrajaya at 5 pm on Dec 30, 2013.

Mazlan, a widower with eight children, was also charged with breaking into a house in Precinct 9 and stealing three gold bracelets, two gold necklaces, a ring, a laptop and RM1,000, belonging to Deanna Kamaruddin at 7.30 am on April 9 last year.

The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria. In the same court, security guard S. Kumaraguru, 43, pleaded not guilty to a charge of disposing off stolen property, a mini Ipad belonging to Zalwani at 6 pm on Aug 27, this year.

Nik Isfahanie Tasnim allowed him bail of RM6,000 with one surety and set Oct 12 for mention of the case to enable Kumaraguru to engage a lawyer.

– BERNAMA

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