Three university students who shoplifted have been given a second chance by the magistrate's court in Malacca.
They were released on a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered to do 240 hours of community service.
Magistrate Syajaratudur Abd Rahman reminded the three students to abide by the conditions set.
Aina Mardiah Mohd Khairi, Nor Atika Alem Abd Halim and Nur Ira Natasha Abdul Kadir, all 18 years old, pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics at the Jusco Bandaraya Shopping Complex in Jalan Panglima Awang near Malacca at 7.45pm on 20 Sept, last year.
Aina Mardiah pleaded guilty to stealing three women's branded T-shirts, two cosmetic products and six packs of facial masks worth, RM291.90, Nor Atika Alem stole two women's T-shirts, one pack of eye-shadow, valued at RM146.80, and Nur Ira Natasha told the court she had stolen a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, two mascara pens, two packs of facial masks, a bottle of make-up remover and three other cosmetic products worth a total of RM392.
The three, who were represented by counsel Nor Fazlinda Alimad and Syed Mohd Dzahir Syed Abdul Razak, told the court that they had repented and regretted their actions.
Nor Fazlinda asked that they be given a second chance.
"They have admitted to the offence and by doing so they have not wasted the court's time. "They are also still studying and I hope they will be given the minimum sentence," she appealed.
Prosecuting officer Chief Inspector Muhather Mohd Kudus, however, requested the court to impose a sentence which would act as a deterrent to others.
I'm so pleased that the court did not sentence them to jail. I'm sure the girls learnt their lesson.