By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Oct 27: The Magistrate’s Court here ordered a man and his pregnant wife to undergo compulsory attendance work after they pleaded guilty to a charge of involvement in illegal gaming activities.
Awangku Mohd Hanif and Sufina Kasma pleaded guilty to the charge framed under Section 4(1)(c) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which carries a fine of between RM5,000 and RM50,000 and a jail term of up to 3 years, with additional punishment for each gaming machine.
In their mitigation, the accused said that Sufina is pregnant and due to give birth soon. They lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and therefore they prayed for lenient sentences to be imposed.
Magistrate Syarifah Fatimah Azura Wan Ali ordered Awangku to undergo compulsory attendance work for two hours per day, for a period of four months pursuant to Section 5 of Compulsory Attendance Act 1950 and ordered Sufina to undergo compulsory attendance work of two hours per day, for a period of one month.
They were found guilty of dealing with online gaming machines at a burger stall in Stutong Stamping Baru, at about 8.15pm on February 24, 2021.
Prosecuting Officer Mohd Adzmei Ahmad prosecuted while both accused were unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily