Youth jailed for trespassing after failing to pay fine

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A LOCAL youth was yesterday ordered to serve three months in prison after failing to pay a fine for criminal trespass.

The unemployed 20-year-old defendant, Ahmad Razali Ismail, had been dropped off at a convenience store along Jalan 77 in Kg Lambak Kanan by his friend on the night of June 7, 2016.

After wandering around the area for a while, he walked toward a house that was dark and, assuming no one was inside, peered through a window.

While looking into the house, he was spotted by a female occupant. She immediately alerted her uncle, who was also at the house.

At the same time, realising that he had been spotted, the defendant ran away and hid behind the garage of a neighbouring house.

After some time, the defendant started walking back towards the house but was caught by the uncle of the female occupant. He had been waiting for the defendant to emerge from his hiding place.

The police were called and the defendant was subsequently arrested.

During questioning, the defendant admitted that he had entered the compound of the house with the intent to commit theft but was forced to abandon his plans after being spotted.

At the Magistrates’ Court, Presiding Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hj Mohd Hussain sentenced the defendant to a $1,500 fine after he pleaded guilty.

The defendant was ordered to pay the fine yesterday or risk being sentenced to three months in prison.

However, as the defendant failed to do so, he was ordered to be remanded in prison until the remainder of the fine could be paid to secure his release.

The defendant is a repeat offender, having had previous convictions for theft, mischief and house trespass.

Under section 441 of the Penal Code, Chapter 22, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison with a fine for the offence of criminal trespass.

The Brunei Times