HOUSEWIFE AND OTHER OF 5 RESORT TO STEALING MILK POWDERS TO MAKE ENDS MEET

Dear A.S.S. Editor

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Is this a new trend nowadays? Not enough money to eke out a living, so steal baby milk powder from supermarkets, and then sell them off to make profit.

Yet another case has emerged of a person stealing milk powder, and was handed a jail term. A housewife and mother to 5 kids, 37 year old Noris Ithnin, was jailed for four months yesterday for stealing 80 tins of milk powder from supermarkets in the western part of Singapore. She had committed the offence over a one and half year period, and even resorted to steal while out on bail. The value of the stolen milk powder was about $5,676.

In her mitigation, she had claimed that she committed the offence as the family was in financial difficulties. No mention on what her husband was working as. With 5 children, and the wife herself not in a job, then financial difficulty is not that unexpected. Maybe more can be done to help the family financial wise. Were they even told where to get help? Desperate, with no help on the horizon, is it any wonder that the housewife was forced to commit the crimes that she did?

Ali M

A.S.S. Contributor

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