Man suspected of theft remanded for 4 days

Richard (second left) being led away after sentencing.

Richard (second left) being led away after sentencing.

MIRI: A man who was apprehended on suspicion of breaking into a house and stealing was ordered by the magistrates’ court here to be remanded for four days to facilitate police investigation.

Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles granted the order following the remand application from the investigation officer, Sergeant Karam Singh Karnal Singh from the Central Police Station (CPS) here.

In his application, Karam Singh said a longhouse chief from Mile 14, Miri-Bintulu Road, lodged a report on July 24 at the Batu Niah police station.

The 57-year-old complainant claimed that at 8pm the previous day, he discovered that his money amounting to RM250 and another RM350 and a pair of gold earrings belonging to his wife that were kept in their bedroom were missing.

He suspected his stepson had taken the items as he had misappropriated the complainant’s property before.

Acting on information received, police arrested the 22-year-old suspect on Aug 7 at the longhouse.

Karam Singh told the court that a seven-day remand under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code was needed to enable the police carry out a thorough investigation on the case, in addition to tracing the missing items.

He also said the release of the suspect may jeopardise investigations.

However, the court granted only a four-day remand, and ordered the suspect to be produced again in court for mention on Aug 12.