Jail term for single mum changed to fine after review

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By S. Harrish

AFTER being jailed for eight days, a single mother had her prison sentence substituted with a RM1,000 fine for violating the movement control order (MCO).

Judicial commissioner Norsharidah Awang imposed the maximum fine on B Lisa Christina, who came to court for a review of her 30 days jail sentence imposed by a magistrate on April 21, reports FreeMalaysiaToday.

“I have taken into account that you are a first-time offender and that you have been in prison for eight days.

“However, I will not hesitate to impose a deterrent sentence if you are caught again for breaching the MCO. I hope your days in prison have also served as a lesson for you,” the judge said.

Those found flouting the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations are liable to a maximum fine of RM1,000, jail of up to six months, or both.

Lisa, 30, paid the fine before she was sent in a taxi to be with her mother in Seremban.

Lisa, who has a six-year-old son, was sent to Kajang prison after pleading guilty to the charge before a magistrate in Petaling Jaya.

Her lawyer, Rajpal Singh, said today that the jail term was an excessive punishment for a first-time offender.

He said Lisa, who lived in a fifth-floor apartment unit, had gone down to buy a packet drink at a nearby shop and stopped to chat with three others before returning home.

“It was at this juncture that she was caught by the police,” he said, adding that two of the others were fined RM1,000 each.