KUALA LUMPUR - A woman who gave birth while in remand was charged in several Ampang magistrate's courts with 17 counts of theft amounting to RM36,320 (S$14400) .
Unemployed Aida Suryani Ashabudin, 28, claimed trial to stealing cash and valuables worth between RM520 and RM8,000 on 17 occasions in various homes in the Ampang Jaya district over a span of three years.
She had allegedly stolen items that included handphones, laptops, DSLR camera, jewellery, wallets, bags, television sets, and even a fridge.
Deputy Public Prosecutor S. Purnima urged the court not to offer bail, saying Aida Suryani had been a wanted woman since 2011 after she failed to appear for a criminal case which also involved theft.
She added that the court should also consider the sheer number and similar nature of the charges being brought against the accused.
Magistrate Noor Farah Hazwani Osman granted bail at RM4,000 for each offence with two sureties and the additional condition that Aida Suryani report to a police station once a week.
Meanwhile, in the second magistrate court, DPP Goh Ai Rene also objected to bail, saying Aida Suryani was a flight risk, having absconded bail in her 2011 case.
Goh submitted that the court handling Aida Suryani's case in 2011 was forced to order a discharge not amounting to acquittal after she stopped attending.