KUALA LUMPUR - A snatch thief landed himself in prison after he was caught by the 12-year-old son of the housewife he robbed.
Judge Unaizah Mohd sentenced Saifuddin Sagiman, 26, to four years in prison and three strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to robbing Iranian national Forouzan Salami, 46, of her handbag which contained her phone, glasses and keys.
According to the statement of facts, the incident occurred on Christmas Eve while Salami was walking with her son along Jalan Mamanda in Ampang.
A man on a red motorcycle snatched Salami's handbag, causing her to fall and injure herself.
Salami's son gave chase and managed to hold on to the thief to the extent that he fell off his bike.
The thief was then apprehended and handed over to the police.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz urged the court to hand down a stiff penalty as snatch theft was rampant.
"It's also an issue because the offenders are hard to catch. In this case, the accused is only here because the victim's son managed to chase him down," said Nurakmal Farhan.
Saifuddin, who was unrepresented, pleaded for leniency, saying he was helping to support his siblings by working as a contractor.
The third of seven siblings, Saifuddin said his mother only made RM600 a month by working as a cleaner.