GEORGE TOWN - A chief cashier used his position to siphon off RM910,000 (S$350,000) from the bank he worked for three years ago.
"This is a serious offence, given that the accused was a chief cashier who was entrusted with safekeeping the money in the bank," said magistrate Noor Aini Yusof when sentencing Mohd Nasir Ismail, 49, to two years' jail and a fine of RM8,000 in default eight months' jail. The offence was committed in October 2010.
The magistrate also ordered Mohd Nasir to pay RM4,000 in costs to the prosecution to cover the expenses of the long trial, including for witnesses travelling from Kuala Lumpur and projectors to view the CCTV recording in court.
Mohd Nasir, from Sungai Petani in Kedah, was charged under Section 381 of the Penal Code with committing the theft at the bank in Bishop Street here at around 7.10pm on Oct 18, 2010.
He denied he had committed the offence.
In her judgment, Noor Aini said she took into account public interest, Mohd Nasir's background and the gravity of his offence, adding that the rampancy of theft cases was also considered.
After the sentencing, lawyer M. Murgan sought a stay of execution pending an appeal but the magistrate rejected the application and ordered Mohd Nasir to serve the jail term from yesterday.
Earlier, the bank's branch manager Choong Sung Yean, 56, who gave a victim impact statement in court, said: "RM860,000 was recovered by the police. There were also reputational risks involved due to the incident.
"We were also asked to up our bank's security after that, so that incurred more expenses as well."
Deputy public prosecutor S. Selvaranjini sought the maximum jail term to deter the accused and others from repeating the crime, saying that the case involved the interests of the public and the victim.
Murgan, acting on behalf of Mohd Nasir's counsel Gurbachan Singh who was overseas, pleaded to the court to not impose a custodial sentence.
Noor Aini disallowed the request, saying the case has been postponed many times.