Filipina gets 6 months’ jail for entering state illegally, selling illegal lottery

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, March 27: A Filipina was sentenced to a total of six months’ jail today for entering Sarawak without a valid permit and for selling illegal lottery.

Sessions Court Judge Mohd Taufik Mohd Yusoff ordered that she be deported once she finished serving her sentence.

Ronalyn F. Francia, 38, pleaded guilty to two charges, and Mohd Taufik sentenced her to three months’ jail for each charge, but the imprisonment terms are to run concurrently,

For the first charge, she was alleged to have entered the state without valid travelling documents. She was arrested in front of Syn Syn Food Court, Jalan Tun Razak, at about 6.10pm, on Feb 27 this year.

This charge was framed under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Amended 2002) and punishable under section 6(3) of the same Act, which carries a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years and whipping of not more than six strokes.

For the second charge, she was found assisting in carrying a public lottery at Syn Syn Food Court at about 6.10pm on Feb 27.

She was charged under Section 4A(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which carries a fine of not less than RM20,000 and not more than RM200,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years.

DPP Ruthra Raj prosecuted, while the accused was represented by counsel Lim Lian Kee. — DayakDaily