Thursday October 18, 2012
Judge ticks off former palace worker who stole valuables
SHAH ALAM: A High Court judge rebuked a former palace worker who admitted to stealing valuable items worth RM86,650 from Istana Alam Shah here.
“It is the palace that fed you and you dared steal things there,” Justice Ahmadi Asnawi retorted, as accused Mohamad Ghazali Zainal Abidin, 47, stood quietly in the dock.
On March 21, Mohamad Ghazali admitted in a Klang magistrate’s court that he stole five pairs of golden scissors and a gold box from the guest hall of Istana Shah Alam.
He committed the offences on six occasions between May 12, 2009 and May 24, 2011.
The magistrate’s court sentenced him to five years in prison for all six counts of theft under Section 381 of the Penal Code.
After the earful from Justice Ahmadi, Mohamad Ghazali apologised for his offences.
Earlier, DPP Aidatul Azura Zainal Abidin told the court that the prosecution did not wish to continue its appeal against the five-year sentence.
Justice Ahmadi allowed the withdrawal of the appeal and upheld the jail term.
“You are lucky the prosecution withdrew their appeal. I would have given you at least eight years in jail,” he told the accused.