Wednesday October 31, 2012
Housewife fined RM1,500 for stealing car clamp
GEORGE TOWN: A housewife who pleaded guilty to stealing a car clamp was fined RM1,500 by a magistrate’s court here.
Magistrate Siti Salwa Ja’afar fined Lim Poh Kim, 44, who admitted committing the offence between 9.40pm and 10.40pm at the Jalan Macalister-Jalan Kek Chuan junction on Oct 6.
According to the statement of facts, Lim’s car was clamped by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) but she removed the device and took it back to her house in Bukit Mertajam. The clamp was said to be worth RM800.
On Oct 8, after receiving reports from MPPP officers, police went to Lim’s house and found the clamp abandoned in the bushes behind her house.
The offence under Section 379 of the Penal Code carries a seven-year jail sentence and a fine, or both, upon conviction.
In the same court, a 27-year-old mother who delivered a baby girl four months ago was sentenced to one year’s jail after she pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing drugs.
Junaidah Mohd Jaafar, however, will only serve six months in prison because magistrate Siti Salwa jailed her for six months for each charge and ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of her arrest on Sept 13.
Junaidah was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 with having heroin and monoacetylmorphine at Jalan Kota Giam, Jelutong, at 10.30am on Sept 13.
She tested positive for morphine at the Pa-tani Road police station at 1pm the same day.
The offence under Section 15(1)(A) of the Act carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine of not more than RM5,000 upon conviction.
DPP Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman prosecuted the two cases while both accused were unrepresented.