Single mum gets jail, whipping for prostitution

KUALA TERENGGANU: A 30-year-old single mother who pleaded guilty to offering sexual services to a man was handed six strokes of the cane and a six-month jail sentence by the Terengganu Shariah High Court here today.

Judge Rosdi Harun handed down the sentence in accordance with Section 25 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Takzir) (Terengganu) Enactment 2001, which provides a maximum fine of RM5,000, or imprisonment of up to three years, or six strokes of the cane upon conviction.

The court ordered that the woman be whipped at the prison where she is to serve her sentence after 14 days, if she does not appeal against it.

The judge, when reading out the charge, expressed disappointment with the woman for not showing any remorse throughout the proceeding.

The woman, who is from Selangor, was arrested while together with a man, believed to be her client, in a room at Felda Residence Hotel here at about 11.45pm on Sept 17.

The prosecution was conducted by Terengganu syarie prosecutor Mohd Kahzmizan Abdullah, while the woman was unrepresented.