Security guard changes plea in jewellery store robbery case

Security guard changes plea in jewellery store robbery case

KUALA LUMPUR - Some four days after Filipino security guard Rakib Asla pleaded guilty to robbing RM150,000 (S$59,000) worth of gold necklaces at a jewellery store in Setapak, he now maintains that he is innocent.

Yesterday, deputy public prosecutor Norman Mohd Nasir told judge Azman Mustapha that Rakib Asla, 27, whose case was fixed for facts and sentencing in a Sessions Court here, that he wanted to change his plea.

The charge was then read again to Rakib, who now claimed trial. Judge Azman fixed Dec 4 for mention.

On Friday, the Filipino, who was guarding a Tomei Gold and Jewellery store store, had pleaded guilty to the charge of robbing the jewellery store of 93 gold necklaces by threatening staff L. Robert, 52, with a .38 revolver.

Rakib had allegedly committed the crime at the jewellery store in KL Festival City mall in Jalan Taman Ibu Kota, Taman Danau Kota, Setapak at around 9.30am on Oct 31.

The offence under Section 4 of the Firearms Act (Increased Penalty) 1971 is punishable by life imprisonment and six strokes of the cane.

It was learnt that Rakib had entered the country through Sabah with a fake IC. He then obtained a job with a security firm and started work in the jewellery store on Oct 9, 22 days before the robbery.

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