KAMPAR - A 28-year-old contract labourer, who has a fetish for women's undergarments, was fined RM3,000 (S$1,200) by a magistrate's court here for possessing the stolen items.
He was also unable to explain how he came about having them in his possession.
M. Nagenthiran, who was originally charged with intrusion, admitted to an alternative charge of dishonestly possessing seven bras of various colours, a pair of panties and one T-shirt worth RM100.
He was charged under Section 411 of the Penal Code, and also under Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Act for being unable to provide reasonable explanation as to how he possessed the items.
For the first offence, magistrate Mohamad Ibrahim Mohamad Ghulam fined him RM2,500 in default six months jail.
Nagenthiran was fined RM500 or in default one month jail for the second offence.
His family could not afford to pay the fines.
Nagenthiran was arrested on Sept 3 at about 3am in front of his house at Perumahan Awam 2 after policemen found him to be behaving suspiciously.
A check by the police found that he had the stolen items with him.
According to the statement of facts, a 41-year-old woman in Malim Nawar had lodged a report on Aug 9 after she found the clothesline in the bathroom of her house had fallen on the floor.
Later, the woman discovered two panties and two T-shirts were missing.
Her shampoo and hair conditioner were also missing.
Nagenthiran, who was not represented, pleaded for a lower fine because he had to look after his mother and a disabled younger sister.
"I promise not to repeat the offence again. I ask for forgiveness," he added.