Auxiliary officer jailed and flogged for armed robbery: report

SINGAPORE — An AETOS auxiliary officer who decided to replicate the 2016 Standard Chartered robbery and rob a licensed moneylender while armed was sentenced on Tuesday (Sept 13) to 16 years and six months in prison and 18 strokes of the cane.

CNA reported that Mahadi Muhamad Mukhtar, 39, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, illegal carrying of a revolver and illegal possession of ammunition. Two other charges were taken into consideration.

The court heard Mahadi was facing mounting debts after borrowing from six unlicensed money lenders in February 2021.

He started borrowing money from friends and taking out bank loans, but eventually decided to commit robbery to solve his financial problems.

He started researching online and decided to rob a licensed pawnbroker. He chose an OT Credit outlet at Block 135, Jurong Gateway Road, because it was run by women, was not usually crowded and had been robbed before.

Showed a note demanding money from the point of sale

On April 12, 2021, Mahadi went to the outlet to ensure that it was open and that two female employees were on duty.

CNA reported that he initially went to cover a colleague’s shift at the AETOS complex. Later that afternoon, he loaded five rounds into his M85 Taurus revolver and placed it in his shoulder bag.

He changed out of his AETOS uniform and took a Grab to Jurong Gateway Road with the loaded revolver in his bag.

Armed with his gun, Mahadi entered OT Credit and showed a staff member a note that read: “This is a robbery, don’t shout. I have a gun in my pocket. Put all the money in the bag.”

The torn written note used by Mahadi Muhamad Mukhtar during his armed robbery. (PHOTO: Singapore Police Force)The torn written note used by Mahadi Muhamad Mukhtar during his armed robbery. (PHOTO: Singapore Police Force)

The torn written note used by Mahadi Muhamad Mukhtar during his armed robbery. (PHOTO: Singapore Police Force)

The approach was similar to that taken by Canadian James Roach when he held up a StanChart Bank branch in Holland Village in 2016.

The employee pressed the panic button under the table before complying with Mahadi’s instruction to put money in his shoulder bag.

Mahadi left the store with about $24,800 in his shoulder bag and booked a GrabCar to drive to Boon Lay Mall. He deposited $10,000 into an OCBC ATM and another $14,000 into a POSB bank account. He made four online banking transactions, transferring about $11,850 to loan sharks and threw away the robbery note after tearing it up.

He was arrested five hours later after authorities used footage from police cameras and store surveillance cameras.

The seriousness of the case is underlined

Most of the proceeds from the theft were recovered, but the remainder, amounting to about S$5,000, was not returned.

CNA reported that Deputy Prosecutor Timotheus Koh requested 15 to 20 years in prison and 18 strokes of the cane. Stressing the seriousness of the case, he said: “This is a case where an auxiliary police officer runs away with his loaded service revolver and takes it with him to commit a serious crime, robbery.”

Koh added that there was a compelling public interest in guarding against such crimes, pointing to Mahadi’s breach of trust, who had been entrusted with a firearm for his duties.

There was also a high level of premeditation and planning, as evidenced by his internet research and consideration of various options for committing the robbery, as well as his surveillance of his chosen target.

“We note the concern that the defendant copied James Roach’s theft, and this indicates that the sentence in the James Roach theft case is not severe enough to send the message that such behavior is not acceptable,” Koh said, adding that a stronger message needs to be sent.

Defence lawyer Mark Yeo, of Kalco Law, asked for 10 years in prison and 18 strokes of the cane, the mandatory minimum. He said his client had no previous convictions and had cooperated with police and confessed to everything.

According to CNA, Yeo said the sentence requested by the prosecution was clearly excessive, adding that his client may have committed serious crimes but “he is not irreparable.”

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