Capsized Sabah catamaran owner to be charged in Tourism court

OLIVIA MIWIL

KOTA KINABALU: The owner of a catamaran which capsized near here in Jan, killing four Chinese tourists and leaving five others missing, will now face the Tourism court on a charge of ferrying tourists on a marine vehicle in unsafe conditions.

His case was transferred by magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie.

She said the Tourism court will set the mention date this week.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nartiah F. Mirchelle said the owner will be slapped with more charges set to be filed this week.

On Jan 28, Leong Vin Jee, 44, was charged with ferrying tourists on a marine vehicle in unsafe conditions by acting with knowledge that the boat had exceeded its 12-passenger capacity, after filling it with 28 tourists from China, at Kampung Tanjung Aru Lama, here.

Leong pleaded ‘not guilty’ and posted RM5,000 bail.

During the case re-mention on Feb 28, the prosecuting team said there were possible additional charges to be registered.

Counsel Edward Paul had no objection to the request.