A Malaysian man was sentenced to six years in prison and two strokes of the cane for robbing a Filipino domestic worker at a bus stop in Malaysia last month.

At 7:30 am on October 30, Mohd Zulfakor Mat Daud, 28, approached Rochelle Robledo, 25, who was waiting for the bus at Jalan Gasing. He asked for directions before grabbing her mobile phone, The Sun Daily reported.

Robledo was caught by surprise and chased the man. A police officer on patrol in the area joined the chase, caught the man and arrested him.

He was charged with theft under Section 392 of the Penal Code. Prosecutors appealed to the court to impose a jail sentence, taking into account that he had previously been arrested nine times but had never been charged.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to six years in prison and two strokes of the cane. In Malaysia, the maximum penalty for theft is a jail term of 14 years, a fine or whipping.