SINGAPORE — A mother who stole a stroller from a popular children’s department store was on Tuesday (20 August) jailed for 1 month and fined $9,734.70.
Rohazlin Jumat, 39, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft in a building and two counts of having duty unpaid cigarettes.
On 18 February, Rohazlin, who was unemployed, went to the Kiddy Palace at Westgate shopping mall with Muhammad Fairuz Hazaman, 27.
Rohazlin wanted to buy a $399 Bonbijou Luxos stroller for her daughter, the court heard.
“However, they did not have enough money,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Ang Siok Chen.
“Fairuz noticed that the stroller was not secured and wanted to steal it. He then took the stroller and the accused helped to push the stroller out of Kiddy Palace,” added DPP Ang.
On 18 June, Rohazlin also stole a perfume bottle from Metro Causeway Point.
She was shopping with Seri Sania Kamarudin, 26, when Sania saw a bottle of Guess perfume worth $65.
“Sania told the accused she wanted the Guess perfume. The accused then took the Guess perfume and put it inside Sania’s bag before walking out of Metro Causeway Point,” said DPP Ang.
The two offences were captured on CCTV.
The maximum punishment for theft in a building is up to seven years’ jail and a fine.
Duty unpaid cigarettes
On 16 April, immigration officers at Woodlands Checkpoint stopped a Singapore-registered taxi that Rohazlin took with her daughter and Tamamullah Harun, 37.
An immigration officer found a plastic bag containing a total of 399 sticks of assorted cigarettes and 50g of loose tobacco.
Tamamullah initially said the duty unpaid items belonged to him. But he later admitted that Rohazlin had asked him to lie and take the blame.
Rohazlin had bought the items from a shop in Johor Bahru for her own consumption.
On 19 June, Rohazlin was again stopped by immigration officers at Woodlands Checkpoint, this time in a Malaysia-registered taxi.
Officers found a total of 184 sticks of assorted cigarettes and 50g of loose tobacco in her handbag.
She admitted to buying the items from a shop in Johor Bahru.
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