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Illegal 4-D: 2 fined
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Two local women were fined a total of RM4,000 by the Magistrate's Court here for having illegal 4-D lottery paraphernalia last year.Pamela Marginim, 26, and Geryenna Guni, 22, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus to committing the offence under Section 9(1) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953.

They were each ordered to pay a fine of RM2,000 or three months' jail each.

The women, who were the caretaker of a shop, were found to have 146 pieces of 4-D slips and other paraphernalia, including RM2,633 cash, at 4.30pm on July 23, 2017 at the Boby Phone shop, Penampang new township.

Inspector Albert Basiri, prosecuting, told the court that the duo were arrested by police following a tip-off of illegal gambling activity being carried out at the premises.

Pamela and Geryenna, who were not represented, requested for leniency while Albert applied for an appropriate sentence.

The Act against the women provides for a fine of up to RM5,000 or up to six months' jail, on conviction.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old shop assistant was sentenced to 20 months' jail for burglary two years ago.

Sezine Frances admitted to breaking into the Friends Mini Mart at Jalan Inanam Point at 3am on Aug 13, 2016 along with an accomplice and carted away two handphones, cigarettes, prepaid reload cards, four camera lens, a CCTV decoder, three gas cylinders and RM350 in coins.

Counsel Henry Gudid, representing Sezine, applied for a lenient sentence saying Sezine, who was a divorcee with a three-year-old child, was a first offender.

Albert applied for an appropriate sentence.

Sezine had committed an offence under Section 457 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 14 years on conviction.– Jo Ann Mool


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