KUCHING: A young 27-year-old widow was sentenced to a fine of RM10,000 or three months’ jail in default by the Magistrate’s Court here on Thursday for being involved in online gambling activities.
Accused Conellia from Kampung Gayau Padok, Simunjan, pleaded guilty to a charge which was read out by an interpreter in front of Senior Assistant Court Registrar, Sandy Yvette Freddy.
She was charged for operating a gambling machine using a mobile phone in a restaurant at Jalan Wan Alwi here at around 11.20am on July 20.
For this reason, the accused was charged under Section 4B (a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 (ARJT) which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000 for each gambling machine and imprisonment not exceeding five years if convicted.
Based on the facts of the case, a police team from Branch 7 JSJ IPK Sarawak raided a restaurant after suspecting online gambling activities via a smartphone application were taking place and arrested a woman who was conducting online gambling activities.
Case items were also confiscated such as a smartphone unit and cash amounting to RM130.
The results of the investigation and based on the gambling expert’s report confirmed that the smartphone confiscated from the accused was used as a gambling machine, as stated under the interpretation of the Common Gaming Houses Act (ARJT) 1953.
The prosecution of the case was handled by Prosecuting Officer Inspector Nur Syafiqa Nyaie Ilin while the accused was not represented by a lawyer.
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