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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22, 2015:

An unsuccessful attempt to evade from paying the full price for 10 packets of Milo, by hiding the items into two empty boxes meant for mineral water, landed a youth into trouble with the law.

Muhammad Habbas Mohamed Jalil, 18, pleaded guilty today for stealing the Milo packets, worth RM395.90, from Tesco Extra Selayang in Jalan Ipoh around 4.30pm on Dec 18.

He was charged under Section 380 of the Penal Code that provides a maximum 10 years in jail, and a fine, if convicted.

According to the facts of case, the accused had visited the supermarket with two other friends on the day of the incident.

Muhammad Habbas was reportedly pushing around an empty trolley before placing two boxes of mineral water on it.

The 18-year-old youth then emptied the boxes of mineral water and hid 10 packets of Milo into the brown coloured boxes to evade from paying the full price.

At the check-out counter, a supermarket staff scanned the barcodes for the mineral water. The accused paid only RM17.98 for the items worth RM395.90.

However, he was later apprehended by the supermarket’s staff.

Despite pleading guilty to the charge, magistrate Husna Dzulkifly did not hand down a sentence today pending the youth’s social report due to his young age.

The court later imposed RM4,000 bail in one surety and fixed Jan 26 for re-mention.

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