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Malaysia Fines Naked Tourists £1,000



A young British woman – along with three other young tourists – has been sentenced to three days in jail and fined £1,000 after posing naked on a sacred Malaysian mountain.
Eleanor Hawkins, 23 – along with Canadian siblings Danielle and Lindsey Petersen, and Dylan Snel from the Netherlands – has already been held in custody for three days leading up to the court appearance and so is now set to be deported.
Earlier in the morning, a handcuffed Miss Hawkins had arrived outside Kota Kinabalu Magistrates’ Court in a car driven and guarded by men in black balaclavas in what Sky News Asia Correspondent Mark Stone says “must have been a frightening experience for her.”
Miss Hawkins, an aeronautical engineering graduate from Derby, confirmed her name and was then read out the charge that at 6.45am on 30 May she had committed an “obscene act in a public place to the annoyance of others.”
According to Stone, who was in court, Miss Hawkins “was very quick” to plead guilty. The other three tourists then also entered guilty pleas.