KOTA KINABALU: Three illegal loggers were jailed for one year and fined RM50,000 in default twelve months jail by the Sessions Court, today.
Absal Patak, 46, pleaded guilty before Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad, to cutting mangrove trees from Kudat Forest Reserve and Teluk Marudu, around 2.00pm to 4.00pm, in 10 February ago.
The accused was charged under Section 20(2) of the Forest Enactment 1968 which carries the punishment of up to RM500,00 fine or 20 years jail maximum.
According to the case fact, Kudat MCEE personnel and Kota Marudu forestry team inspected both Kudat Forest Reserve and Teluk Marudu, near the Sungai Tarusan area in Kota Marudu district.
During the inspection, the authority caught the accused and confiscated a chainsaw, twelve mangrove logs, one boat, engine, and a fuel tank.
Meanwhile, Akung Banin, and Azlan Abdul Malik also committed the same crime where they cut down 3 and 27 mangrove trees at Kudat Forest Reserve and Teluk Marudu, in the same day.
In mitigation, the three of them applied for a minimum punishment, however, the prosecution insisted for a heavier sentence.
The court also ordered for them to be referred to the Immigration Department after the completion of their sentence. -SayangSabah