KUALA LUMPUR - An unrepentant thief ended up with a bigger headache after he was jailed six months for stealing three boxes of panadol.
Magistrate Azura Murah sentenced Amran Anuar, 37, after he pleaded guilty on Monday for stealing three boxes of panadol worth RM116.70 (S$44) from a grocery store.
The unemployed man stole the medicine from Pasaraya Haniffa, on Jalan Masjid India at 5pm on Dec 20.
According to the statement of facts, Amran had attempted to sneak out of the store but triggered the anti-theft alarms.
Although he attempted to escape, several members of the public managed to catch Amran and hand him over to the security.
Security staff found the boxes of panadol on Amran, without a receipt, prompting them to call the police to arrest him.
Amran, who was unrepresented, plead for not to be sent to jail, saying he had as asthma.
However, deputy public prosecutor S. Ravindren urged the court to hand down a heavy sentence, as the accused had several prior convictions for theft.
The magistrate agreed with the prosecutor and sentenced Amran to six months prison. Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft inside a building is punishable by 10 years in prison, whipping or a fine, though first time offenders are usually sentenced several week prison, if the value of the items are viewed as negligible.