Dash for freedom costs female prisoner another jail term
Posted on June 29, 2012, Friday
KOTA KINABALU: The Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced an Indonesian woman to eight months’ jail for making a dash for freedom from the Kepayan prison after scaling a 10-foot high wall last year.
Antonia Ose, 33, admitted before magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus to escaping from the women’s cell of the prison at 5.17pm on April 27, 2011.
She was convicted under Section 224 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum two years’ jail, or with a fine, or both, upon conviction.
Prosecuting officer Inspector Syahrin Ali told the court that the complainant had lodged a report that a prisoner had escaped from the prison.
The accused had scaled a 10-foot high wall to escape from the prison, where she was serving a jail sentence for substance abuse.
Syahrin said that the accused had escaped from prison on April 24, 2011 but the freedom was short-lived. She was re-arrested on May 5 after police personnel located her at a quarters in Inanam.
In mitigation, Ose requested for the jail term to run concurrently with her previous jail sentence, adding that she has a 10-month-old child to care for and now lives with her in prison.
Syahrin urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence as Ose had escaped from prison while serving a jail sentence.
Balitus ordered the accused to serve her jail terms consecutively and to be referred to the Immigration Department thereafter for further action.