KUALA LUMPUR: A South African tourist was sentenced to a day in jail by a magistrate’s court here for stealing beauty products from a supermarket.

He was also fined RM800 in default of a month’s jail.

Magistrate Tawfiq Affandy Chin ordered Siphe Mzayiduem, 31, to serve the sentence from yesterday.

According to the charge sheet, Mzayiduem has stolen various beauty items, including lipstick estimated to be worth RM337.20, at a mall here at 5pm on Oct 20.

His counsel Mohamad Zaidi Othman asked for a minimum fine and one-day imprisonment, taking into account that Mzayiduem had been remanded for several days, regretted his action and promised not to repeat the offence.“The accused is a tourist from South Africa who could not return to his country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is his first offence and his guilty plea has saved the court’s time, ” he said.

“The stolen items are still in good condition and will be returned to the owner. The accused is also in the process of returning to his country of origin.”

In the same court, father-to-be Mohammad Syahrul Akmal Mat Saat, 25, was fined RM1,700 in default of two months’ jail for punching the face of his former colleague Mohd Farhan Yaacob, 34.

He was charged with committing the offence at a restaurant in Solaris Dutamas here at 9.15am on Dec 13,2019, under Section 323 of the Penal Code. — Bernama





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