Man who threw pork into mosque jailed

Man who threw pork into mosque jailed
Jail time: Lee being escorted out of the Butterworth magistrate’s court by plainclothes policemen yesterday.
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BUTTERWORTH - A mechanic who threw pork into a mosque in February was jailed three months by the magistrate’s court here.

Before sentencing, Lee Tian Chong, 41, who had pleaded guilty to the charge of hurling a package containing pork into the Telaga Air Mosque compound on Feb 6 at about 1.30am, pleaded many times that he be allowed to pay a fine as he had two children to look after.

Magistrate Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Wahab however ordered that Lee serve his punishment from yesterday.

The offence under Section 295 of the Penal Code for defiling a place of worship with the intent to insult the religion carries a jail term of up two years, a fine or both, upon conviction.

During the incident, the members of the Telaga Air Mosque had spotted a man on a motorcycle in white helmet and red-striped shirt hurling a plastic bag into the mosque that landed inside the mosque compound.

About half an hour after a police report was lodged, police spotted a man in Jalan Raja Uda matching the description and detained him.

They found a plastic bag containing fresh meat on the motorcycle.

Lee was not represented.

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