Do you know that you can be fined for possessing obscene content in your cellphone?
A restaurant assistant in Kuala Lumpur has been slapped with a fine of RM7,000 by the Magistrate’s Court after he was pleaded guilty to possessing obscene photographs and videos in his mobile phone.
According to Bernama, Magistrate Nadia Othman read the verdict on R. Pravin Menon after he changed his plea to guilty during the mention of the case on Thursday (13 January).
The man was accused of possessing 53 pornographic contents in a memory card and 61 similar contents in a Vivo branded smartphone.
For that offense, Pravin Menon was fined RM3,500 in default 6 months’ jail for the first count of possessing 53 obscene contents in a memory card and another RM3,500 in default 6 months’ jail for the second count of possessing 61 obscene contents in a mobile phone.
The accused paid the fine.
The offence was committed at a cafe at Wisma Cosway, Jalan Raja Chulan at 10.30 a.m. on 27 August 2020, under Section 292 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of three years, or a fine, or both.
Pravin Menon, who was unrepresented, appealed for a lenient sentence as this was his first offence and expressed regret over it.
However, the deputy public prosecutor from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Fazril Sani Mohamed Fadzil, requested that the court impose a sentence that would serve as a lesson to the accused.