PADAWAN: The Kuching Magistrate’s Court has issued warrants for the arrest of nine persons for failure to be in court to face criminal charges against them.
District deputy police chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong, who confirmed this, said five men and four women were scheduled to be in court last Thursday (Sept 30).
“Four men and four women aged between 17 and 31 did not come to face the charges of involvement in online gambling.
“And a 53-year-old man failed to be in court to face a charge under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.
“Because of these, the court issued warrants for their arrest,” he said.
In addition, two men have pleaded guilty to charges pertaining to online gambling,” he said.
One of them, a 24-year-old, pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 4B(a) and Section 9(1) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953.
The court fined him RM10,000 or one month in jail for the first charge and RM2,500 or one month in jail for the second charge.
Lim added that the second man aged 22, pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 4B(a) of the same Act and was fined RM10,000 or two months in jail.
“For other criminal charges in court, another 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 411 of the Penal Code for retaining stolen property, and under Regulation 25(1)(n) of the National Registration Regulations (PPN) 1990 for failing to produce identification documents when inspected.
“He was sentenced to six months in jail and fined RM1,500 or three weeks in jail,” he said.
On theft, two men aged 22 and 23, claimed trial after they pleaded not guilty to a charge under Section 380 of the Penal Code.
The Magistrate’s Court allowed a RM2,000 bail for each man with one local surety.
The case was also set for re-mention on the coming Nov 8.