College student fined RM2,800 for triad tattoo

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SHAH ALAM, April 17 — A private college student who had a ‘Gang of 24’ triad symbol tattoo on his back two years ago was fined RM2,800 in default six months jail by the Magistrate’s Court here, today.

Muhammad Ibrahim Kader Batcha, 22, admitted before Magistrate Norshakinah Ahmad Kamarudin to committing the offence near Poh Yap Restaurant at Jalan Anggerik Vanilla N31/N, Kota Kemuning here, at around 7.30pm on September 9, 2013.

Earlier in mitigation, counsel Ahmad Mukmin Aimi Azmi urged the court not to impose a custodial sentence and requested for the minimum fine as his client was only a part-time security guard at a school and had a pregnant wife to support.

He said the accused had also removed the tattoo and fully cooperated with the police throughout the investigation.

“When my client was arrested in 2013, gangsterism was rife then but it is no longer an issue, so a light punishment should suffice,” he said.

Deputy public prosecutor N. Parimalaah however, in pushing for a prison term said the government took a serious view on cases involving triads and as such a deterrent sentence should be imposed. — Bernama

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