Myanmar jailed for robbery
Submitted by amir azree on Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Victim fought back in robber's attempt to snatch handbag
Teoh El Sen
Thursday, April 1st, 2010 13:40:00
KUALA LUMPUR: A Myanmar newspaper seller charged with robbing a woman of her handbag was sentenced to two years in jail today.
Judge Zainal Abidin Kamarudin passed the sentence this morning after Maung Wing Wong, 51, pleaded guilty. The accused, who sported a bandaged head and was on crutches,previously claimed trial to his charges of robbing Ani anak Tinah at a pedestrian mall in Taman PertamaCheras about 1pm on March 11.
In the incident, the accused pulled the victim's hair from behind and tried to snatch her bag, but the latter fought back which prompted the former to kick her in the back till she fell to the ground.
Grabbing the handbag, Maung ran off and got on a motorcycle with a waiting accomplice who is still at large. When passers-by gave chase, the duo threw the bag and tried to escape through some bushes.The bag contained RM100, identification card, a handphone and driving licence.
Maung was later arrested by the police on the same day. He was also previously charged with entering and staying in Malaysia without any document but the charge had since been withdrawn.
The offence of gang robbery falls under Section 395 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail of 20 years and whipping if convicted.
Deputy public prosecutor Nabilah Ahmad Po'ad had applied for a harsher sentence, saying it was a serious offence that was of public interest.
In mitigation, Maung's lawyer, A. Krishnaveni, said it was his first offence and that there were no actual losses suffered, adding that her client was beaten up by police till his leg broke.