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Repeat offender in East Java spends most of his life in prison

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /   06:03 pm
Repeat offender in East Java spends most of his life in prison An illustration of motorcycle thief in action (Shutterstock.com/chalermphon_tiam)

Andri Supriyatno, a 32-year-old man from Blitar, East Java, was arrested recently for allegedly stealing a motorcycle last April in Tegalrejo village. 

However, the arrest was only his latest brush with the law as he had been handed down prison sentences in various theft cases since he was 12 years old.

Blitar Police’s crime unit division head, Adj. Comr. Sodik Efendi, said Andri was a repeat offender who had been jailed 12 times for prior thefts. 

“The suspect has admitted to the police that he has been arrested and jailed 12 times. He was arrested for the first time when he was 12 years old for stealing a bicycle in 1999. He served a six-month sentence in a juvenile correctional facility for the crime,” he said on Monday.

Sodik went on to say that Andri was arrested again soon after he was released from juvenile detention for stealing another bicycle. Andri then spent another six months in juvenile detention for the theft, he said. 

Theft suspects are typically sentenced to up to one-and-a-half years in prison, while underage offenders only serve half of the sentence. according to Sodik. 

He said Andri was later arrested again and served a jail sentence, this time as an adult, for stealing a pocket camera.

“[Andri] can only recall his crimes up until the fourth case, which was another bicycle theft. He forgot about the rest of his criminal record, except the one preceding his latest arrest in which he stole a mobile phone,” Sodik said, adding that Andri had just been released in February for the previous crime.

He said the police had been trying to complete Andri’s criminal record, especially the cases that the suspect had largely forgotten about. 

He added that the court would likely sentence Andri to four years in prison for his latest crime, as well as past offenses that had gone unnoticed by the police.

Based on the suspect’s repeat offenses since his youth in 1999, including the most recent arrest, he will have spent a total of 19 years and 7 months of his lifetime in prison, according to Sodik.

Head of Andri’s home village in Mronjo, Blitar, Ngalim Santoso, said the recidivist rarely interacted with others in the village. Andri spent most of his childhood at his grandfather’s house in Garum district after his mother abandoned him, he said. (rfa)