Over the years, as a result of economic uncertainty, it’s become increasingly hard to make a living or even find a job in Malaysia as well as many other parts of the world. That being said, it’s even harder for parents who need to feed and raise their kids up, let alone buy their kids a Christmas gift during this festive season.
A mother of four was sentenced to 14 days behind bars and slapped with a RM200 fine by the Magistrate’s Court here on Tuesday after pleading guilty to stealing 10 pieces of chocolates on Christmas day.
Magistrate Umzarul An-Nur Umar ordered the mother, identified as 42-year-old Zariyah Mohd Salleh, to serve the sentence starting from the date of her arrest on Dec 25.
The shoe seller was accused of stealing the chocolates worth RM49.40 at Mydin Supermarket in Jalan Masjid India here at 5.20pm Sunday.
Zariyah was charged under Section 380 of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Noor Jazilah Mohd Yusha sought an appropriate sentence for the accused who was not represented.
Zariyah appealed for a lighter sentence as she needed to work to support her four children.
According to the facts of the case, a security guard of the supermarket saw the woman behaving in a suspicious manner following which a search was conducted on her and 10 pieces of chocolates was found in her bag without a receipt.
It goes without saying that this incident was nothing short of heartbreaking. Risking time behind bars for the sake of getting her children christmas presents. Though caught committing theft, had nothing less of the most pure of intentions.
Originally reported by The Star