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Eleanor Hawkins, two Canadians and a Dutchman to be released after pleading guilty to committing obscene acts and having already served sentences. The British gap-year tourist Eleanor Hawkins is being released from custody in Malaysia after pleading guilty to committing obscene acts in public when she and nine others stripped for a dare on Mount Kinabalu.
A judge at a court in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state, sentenced Hawkins and three others — Canadian siblings Lindsey and Danielle Petersen, and Dutch national Dylan Snel — to three days in jail from the time of arrest, 9 June, which means they have already served their time. Ronny Cham, who represented Miss Hawkins in court, said she was relieved to be returning home. Hawkins left the court in tears as she was told she was to be freed after paying the fine. Arriving handcuffed at court, the four defendants had to battle through a throng of reporters to enter the building.
They pleaded guilty to committing obscene acts in a public place and agreed to apologise to the Malaysian people, after the stunt prompted an angry reaction in Sabah, where the mountain is regarded as sacred. The judge decided against imposing the maximum sentence of three months in prison after the lawyer for the four said they were ignorant of local laws and customs and were sorry for what they had done.
Diplomats from the UK, the Netherlands and Canada were in court for the hearing. Officials and tribal elders suggested the disrespectful act was linked to an earthquake that killed 18 people days later. As far as we know she is currently under the protection of the consulate. He said he had not managed to speak to his daughter since the verdict. We need to talk to the FCO about travel arrangements.
Hawkins praised the diplomats in Malaysia. And our local MP Maggie Throup has been very good as well. The charge, read out in court, was that at 6. All four avoided trial by pleading guilty. Police in Malaysia are looking for six other foreigners who appeared in the nude photographs and were wanted for public indecency, a police officer involved in the case told the Guardian on Friday.
Another police source said border guards had been informed and were hoping to catch the others at airports. Malaysia to free British tourist over naked mountain pose. The prosecutor in Malaysia said Eleanor Hawkins and the three other accused had caused annoyance to many Malaysians by stripping on Mount Kinabalu. Sat 13 Jun Eleanor Hawkins' father relieved after Malaysian court frees tourist. . Reuse this content.Malasya nude
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