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Court fines former lovers for fighting in public

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — A magistrate told off a two former lovers that the fine imposed upon them would be increased if they continued committing affray in public.

“I want you to stop this. Whatever your reason, you must not continue arguing outside the court or I will impose a heavier sentence,” advised a magistrate to a couple of ex-lovers before handing out the sentence.

Magistrate Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor then imposed a fine of RM500 each on Mohd Chairil Anuar Mahmud, 30, and Rosnita Abdul Rahman, 36, after they pleaded guilty to a charge of committing affray.

The court also sentenced them to one month’s imprisonment if they failed to pay the fine.

Mohd Chairil Anuar and Rosnita were charged with committing affray in a public place using their hands on each other with the intention of disturbing the public peace.

They were not represented by legal counsel and were charged for committing the offence near the Leo and Phoenix Hotel in Jalan Sungai Besi, here at 3.40am on June 7, which was punishable under Section 160 of the Penal Code.               

Earlier, in mitigation, Mohd Chairil Anuar asked that the court grant him a lighter sentence as he had a wife and two young children.

“I hope my sentence can be reduced as I am now on leave without pay and during the incident I was trying to defend myself as she (Rosnita) was drunk,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rosnita in her plea for a lighter sentence said she was only defending herself in the incident.

“I was attacked on the back, hit and slapped (by Mohd Chairil Anuar), so I ask the court for a lighter sentence,” she said.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nithia Sivasamy asked the court to impose an adequate sentence which would serve as a lesson as the offence should not have been committed by adults, whatever the problem. — Bernama

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