ALOR SETAR: Seven individuals including a senior citizen were fined between RM1,500 and RM5,000 by the magistrate’s court here today for taking part in illegal gambling.
They admitted guilty to the crime, which was committed in Pendang last Sunday.
Magistrate Noor Farah Hazwani Othman meted out the sentence against Mahadir Mat Nanyan, 46, Zabidi Ahmad, 56, Wan Mohd Helmi Jamaludin, 35, Ewat Din Seng, 74, Othman Md Piah, 63, Abdul Aziz Zainuddin, 26 and Lim Sai Kim, 70.
Mahadir was fined RM5,000 for failing to pay the penalty for a similar offence committed in 2010.
The rest of the accused were fined RM1,500 but are liable to three months in prison if they fail to pay the penalty.
According to the charge sheet, the men were accused of gambling at Kampung Lampam, Kubur Panjang, Pendang on Sept 9 at 6.40pm.
They were charged under Section 7(2) of the Open House Gambling Act 1953 which provides a fine of up to RM5,000 or a six-month imprisonment, or both upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Qatrin Nada Harun prosecuted while the accused were represented by Saidina Khatijah Zaharah Khairulnisak Mohd Noor, Mohd Nuradzwan Rodzi and Chuah Hock Aik from the National Legal Aid Foundation.
Earlier, Qatrin requested for stiffer punishment against the accused, saying it was a matter of public interest.
However, the defence pleaded for a lighter sentence as one of the accused was a senior citizen and several others unemployed.
Seven individuals including a senior citizen were fined between RM1,500 and RM5,000 by the magistrate’s court here today for taking part in illegal gambling. (NSTP/AMRAN HAMID)
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