Guards convicted of goldsmith heist

KUALA LUMPUR - Two foreign security guards were convicted of robbing RM150,000 (S$58,300) worth of gold necklaces at a jewellery store in Setapak last month.

Filipino Rakib Asla, 27, pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court here to robbing Tomei Gold and Jewellery store of 93 gold necklaces by threatening staff L. Robert, 52, with a revolver.

The man, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, was accused of committing the crime at the jewellery store in KL Festival City mall, Setapak at around 9.30am on Oct 31.

The offence under Section 4 of the Firearms Act (Increased Penalty) is punishable by life imprisonment and not less than six strokes of the rotan upon conviction.

It was learnt that Rakib had entered the country through Sabah using a fake IC.

He obtained a job with a private security firm in July and started working as a guard at the jewellery store in Setapak on Oct 9, 22 days before the robbery.

Judge Azman Mustapha fixed Nov 19 for sentencing.

Meanwhile, fellow Filipino Hussin Jalain, 29, pleaded guilty in a magistrate's court to knowingly possessing two gold necklaces worth RM3,000 stolen from the Tomei Gold jewellery shop.

He admitted to a second charge of not possessing valid legal documents, an offence under Immigration Act.

The offences were committed at a fast food restaurant at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), Sepang, where he was arrested on Nov 3.

Magistrate Erry Shahriman Nor Aripin fixed Nov 20 to decide on Hussin's punishment.

Hussin faces up to five years in prison, a fine or both, for each offence; under the Immigration Act and Section 411 of the Penal Code for possession of stolen goods.

The two men were not represented while DPP Norman Mohd Nasir prosecuted in Rakib's case and DPP Shashita Mohamed Hanifa acted in Hussin's case.

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