The accused, aged 19 to 24, pleaded guilty before magistrate Noor Azreen Liana Mohd Darus yesterday.
The 14, including three females, are from various sectors such as offshore, restaurant, food delivery workers, a salesman, a barber and a student.
According to the charge sheet, the group was arrested inside the apartment in Jalan C.M. Yusuff on May 5 at 2am.
It was stated that the 14 had gathered at the place, with music blasting during that time.
The gathering for the purpose of entertainment was in violation of the MCO.
They were jointly charged under Section 6 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 that carries a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six months’ imprisonment, or both, upon conviction.
The 14 accused, represented by counsel Awatif Ahmad Bashir and E.P. Sittan from the National Legal Aid Foundation, requested for a lower fine instead of jail term.
The counsels mitigated that some of them are working and had to go back to their jobs while the student needs to sit for exams online.
Deputy public prosecutor K. Darinee said that to serve as a
lesson for those flouting the MCO, the maximum fine should be imposed.
Noor Azreen imposed a fine of RM1,000 each, in default one month’s jail.
All the offenders paid their fines.
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