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Corpun file 15044

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Borneo Bulletin, Bandar Seri Begawan, 1 February 2005

Jail, whipping for Indonesian duo in robbery case

By Rol Ezam

(extracts)

Two Indonesian men who committed gang robbery, theft and mischief by breaking a car window were each sentenced to 6 years 6 months' imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane by the Bandar Intermediate Court yesterday.

The court heard that the defendants, Predi, 33, and Empur Hati, 28, entered Brunei from Miri, Sarawak on December 6 last year via Sungai Tujoh and were accompanied by two other persons.

With the help of one of their friends, both defendants rented a room at a house in Kampong Anggerek Desa. Both of them were instructed by one of the accompanying men to look for opportunities to steal from unsuspecting individuals and were shown the location of banks and routes to help them perpetrate the crime.

The next day, Predi was dropped by the two men to carry out their instructions in the vicinity of HSBC branch at the Shakirin Complex building in Kiulap. Empur Hati, on the other hand, kept a look out on his motorcycle (a blue Suzuki bearing registration number QMB 1307) in his role as a getaway driver.

After making close observations, Predi targeted a Chinese woman, who had just cashed a cheque of $8,984.50 from HSBC bank.

As the woman entered the lift at 'Block C' of the same building to head back to her office, suddenly, Predi blocked the lift doors from closing and snatched the woman's handbag. He immediately dashed towards Empur Hati who was waiting on his motorcycle. Both then sped off from the scene. The two men followed them from behind in their car.

Both defendants then returned to their hideout in Kampong Anggerek Desa and divided the money between themselves and the two men.

[.....]

On December 30, both defendants, spurred by their success the previous day, planned to commit another theft. They observed people leaving Baiduri Bank Berhad at Kiarong Complex. Empur Hati, as usual, waited on his motorcycle near the highway in his designated role as the getaway.

At about 2pm, Predi observed a 34-year-old woman coming out of the bank carrying a white envelope and walking towards her parked car. Predi targeted her as his next victim.

As the woman entered her car, Predi in a flash opened the front passenger door, grabbed her handbag and the white envelope, which was on the seat next to her, and quickly ran towards the highway.

The woman had withdrawn $22, 413 in cash. She had placed $20, 113 in the white envelope and kept the rest in her handbag.

The woman's cry for help was answered by a member of the public who ran after Predi. To avoid being nabbed, Predi threw the handbag at the person chasing him. Another bystander retrieved the handbag and returned to the woman.

Predi continued to run and boarded the moving motorcycle driven by Empur Hati. They both tried to get away from the scene. Meanwhile, another person witness to the entire drama while driving on the highway, decided to foil Predi and Empur Hati's escape by knocking down the motorcycle with his car.

Both defendants fell from the motorcycle and started running. Predi ran across the road to a mosque nearby where he landed into a 9ft deep drain and was cornered by the public. With no options left, he surrendered. The white envelope containing the money was retrieved from him.

Empur Hati, meanwhile, ran and hid behind a bush but was caught by the police with the assistance of a dog from the Gurkha Reserve Unit.

Both defendants admitted to committing the thefts. They also implicated two other men in the crimes.

[.....]

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Corpun file 15131

BruDirect.com, 6 February 2005

Jail And Cane For Filipino Overstayers

By Rol Ezam and Malai FadleyRizal

Bandar Seri Begawan - Two Filipino nationals who unlawfully remained in this country were sentenced to three months' imprisonment and three strokes of the cane by the Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Shirhan Antamani Abdul Gani, 29, pleaded guilty to staying in the country 131 days since the expiry of his special pass on September 25 last year.

Meanwhile, Jairulla Sumlahani Amirul, 34, also pleaded guilty to remaining in the country illegally since his pass expired on October 20, 2004.

The court heard that both defendants were arrested by the Immigration Enforcement officers three days ago during a raid in Kampong Salambigar.

Although the defendants managed to produce their special passes and passports to officers, it - was found that the validity of the documents had expired; the Immigration Prosecutor told the court yesterday. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Corpun file 15134

BruDirect.com, 6 February 2005

Malaysian Teenager Jailed And Whipped For Theft

By Rol Ezam and Malai FadleyRizal

Bandar Seri Begawan - A 17-year-old Malaysian who entered the country without a valid pass and broke into homes to commit theft was sentenced to 1 year 3 months' jail and three strokes of the cane by the Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The defendant who resides in Kampong Limpasong, Limbang, pleaded guilty to the charges including committing theft with a man who is still at large, between May and September last year.

He admitted to breaking into three houses with intention to commit theft in Kampong Kuala Lurah, Kampong Junjongan and Kampong Pengkalan Batu.

Among the items stolen during the break-in were trousers, shirts, cash, cameras, watches, jewellery, mobile phones and a pair of shoes.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to stealing two donations and one safety box belonging to Limau Manis Mosque.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor said the defendant entered the country through a forest without going through the Kuala Lurah Control Post.

All the stolen items have yet to be recovered. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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