KOTA SAMARAHAN: Justice for three dead cockerels was served when the first group of 25 gamblers pleaded guilty to participating in an illegal cockfighting in Kota Samarahan on Feb 5.
The gamblers aged between 20 and 70 years old were each ordered to pay RM500 compound under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (cock-fighting) Rules 1973, in default, one week’s jail by the Samarahan Magistrate Court yesterday.
Among the 25 individuals who pleaded guilty was a former member of parliament who was represented by his counsel Arthur Lee who pleaded leniency for his client saying that cockfighting is a Sarawakian culture and the raid was conducted during the Chinese New Year celebration.
According to the facts of the case, the offence was committed at a warehouse in Taman Belian, at 3.35pm which saw 326 individuals arrested and the seizure of gambling chips with a value of RM10 to RM1,000 each.
Twenty one live cockerels, ten sets of cockspurs and RM850 in cash were also confiscated in the raid. During the material time of the raid, three fighting cocks were found dead.
After yesterday’s hearing, the remaining group will be produced in court in batches until March 16 this year.