Six charged with breaking MCO, four for alleged gang affiliation

BUTTERWORTH: Six men who earlier claimed trial to breaking the movement control order, changed their plea to guilty at a Sessions Court here.

N. Amos, 19, P. Surendran, 21, M. Thirulselvaan, 21, N. Vihnoth, 21, M. Guganeswaran, 21, and M. Jagan, 24 - pleaded guilty to a charge under Regulation 9 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2021.

The charge carries a maximum fine of RM50,000, six months’ imprisonment or both, upon conviction.

Judge Noorhayati Mohamad Yunus fined Amos, Thirulselvaan and Vihnoth RM3,000 each, failing which a month's jail as they are between the ages of 18 and 21.

She then fined Surendran, Guganeswaran and Jagan, RM6,000 each in default two months’ jail should they fail to pay the penalty as they were above 21-years-old.

Noorhayati fined two underaged boys who are 15 and 16 respectively, RM1,000 each for committing a similar offence at the same time, place and day.

On June 25, thirteen individuals, including two teenagers, who allegedly took part in a funeral procession were charged with violating the movement control order.

The underaged boys had on June 25 pleaded guilty to the charge with five others, but had to wait for their sentencing pending their social reports from the Welfare Department.

Meanwhile, four of the men who were also charged with being gang-affiliated at a Magistrate's Court have been told to appoint a lawyer.

Magistrate M. Kalaiarasi told Thiruselvaan, Jagan, Surendran Peeter William and Guganeswaran who pleaded not guilty to charges under Section 52(3) of the Societies Act 1966 on June 25, that they needed a lawyer.

Surendran, Guganeswaran and Jagan were charged with having in their possession banners with symbols linked to a triad society and Thirulselvaan was charged with having a tattoo of a symbol linked to a triad society.

Kalaiarasi set Sept 6, for case management.

On June 20, police arrested 11 men to assist in the investigation into a group of individuals for allegedly violating the standard operating procedure by being involved in a funeral procession from Teluk Air Tawar to the crematorium in Jalan Siram.

The suspects, aged 15 to 35, were detained at several locations around Butterworth and Mak Mandin between 6pm and 10pm.

Police opened an investigation paper on the incident after receiving a report regarding a video clip of the funeral procession that had gone viral on social media.

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