A cargo handler who stole seven watches worth nearly $100,000 from a courier bag was jailed for two months on Thursday.
The usual sentence for stealing goods worth so much is more than a year in jail, said District Judge Christopher Goh.
But Tiaggu Muniappan, who pleaded guilty, received a lighter sentence as he did not know that the bag he took contained such valuables.
"He did not actually intend to steal $100,000 worth of items," explained the judge.
"It is just he took the bag and the items were valued as such."
The watches have since been recovered from the 35-year-old Malaysian, who had kept them at his Johor home.
Tiaggu was a Sats cargo mail coordinator when he stole from Sats Airfreight Terminal 6 on Feb 22.
He was on duty from 1am to 10am that day when he saw a white FedEx courier bag that had been left behind in a small bin.
After breaking the cable-tie which secured the bag, he found several documents and three white boxes containing luxury watches.
He stole two hair bands, six Franck Muller watches and a F.P. Journe watch with a total value of $98,575, then disposed of the FedEx bag.
His lawyer John Abraham said his client committed the offence after a momentary lapse of judgement.
Tiaggu could have been jailed for up to three years and/or fined.
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