Pinoy gets six years in Malaysia for stealing cellphones
An unemployed Filipino man was sentenced to six years in prison for stealing cellphones from two women at a shopping complex in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, a report on Daily Express said.
Mohd Shi Ben received three years in jail for stealing a phone from Sabturiah Tei Teck Sen at the first floor of the Centre Point Sabah complex at 8:30 pm on March 11.
Ben was handed another three years for snatching another phone from a Syarfa Md Hassan at 9 p.m. in the same mall on the same day.
Prosecuting officer Insp. James Paran told the court that a security guard witnessed Ben take Sabturiah's phone from her trouser pocket while she was on her way home. The guard reportedly chased and caught the fleeing suspect.
Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus declared Ben guilty on March 22.
The Filipino, a IMM13 visa holder, will be referred to the Immigration Department after serving his sentence.
An IMM13 visa is awarded to Filipino refugees to allow them to move, stay, study, and work in Sabah. It was introduced in 1999 to solve the problem of illegal immigrants moving to the island, which is relatively close to southern Philippines.
They have been the subject of controversy as of late due to fake ones allegedly being made and issued in Sabah. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News