Published: Friday October 19, 2012 MYT 3:37:00 PM
Updated: Friday October 19, 2012 MYT 4:32:21 PM
Ex-security guard who stole RM300,000 from ATM gets 3 years jail
By HAFIZ MARZUKHI
GEORGE TOWN: A former security guard, who evaded capture for more than seven years after stealing more than RM300,000 from an automated teller machine (ATM) in late 2004, was finally caught, charged and pleaded guilty at a Magistrate court here on Friday.
Mohd Sani Abdullah, 32 appeared calm when he admitted to stealing four cartridges containing RM302,500, with an accomplice, from an ATM machine in Komtar at 5.10am on December 30 in 2004.
His accomplice, Saiful Nizam Hassan, 35, had been caught earlier and was sentenced to two years in prison in October 2006.
Sani was charged under Section 380 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment and a fine upon conviction.
When Magistrate Norhayati Ibrahim asked him where he had been for the past seven years, Sani replied that he had moved to Kuala Lumpur to start anew.
“I plead for a lighter sentence as I have to support my two children who are still schooling. My mother-in-law is also sick,” said Sani, adding that he was the family's sole breadwinner.
Norhayati then ordered Sani to be sent to prison for three years after considering the amount of time that he had been was at large.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz prosecuted the case while Sani was unrepresented.
Sani, who was working as a limousine driver, was stopped at a police roadblock on Oct 16 at 2am.
As his picture had been on the wanted list for seven years, he was recognised and arrested.