Two women fined RM5,000 for possessing turtle eggs

The two accused waiting outside the courtroom.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 6: The Sessions Court here sentenced two unemployed women to a fine of RM5,000 each for illegally possessing 240 turtle eggs.

Siti Haminah Ten, 48, and Rohayu Elias, 37, pleaded guilty to the charge here today.

Sessions Court Judge Marutin Pagan accepted their guilty plea and sentenced them to a fine of RM5,000 each or in default to 3 months’ imprisonment respectively.

They were charged with possessing 240 turtle eggs without permission from the Controller of Wildlife in front of a primary school, at about 4.19pm on June 3, 2020.

They were charged under Section 29(1) of the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998 which is punishable under Section 29(1)(c) of the same Ordinance, which carries an imprisonment term of up to two years or fine not exceeding RM25,000, upon conviction.

DPP Voon Yan Sin prosecuted while both accused were unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily