German fined RM2,000 for vandalising LRT pillar

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – A 31-year-old German national was fined RM2,000 or a two-month jail term in default, by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to vandalising a Light Rail Transit (LRT) pillar with graffiti, last week.

Simon Bethle, who is a Chief Operations Officer with a film production company, pleaded guilty after the charge was read to him in English before Magistrate Wong Chai Sia.

He was charged with committing mischief by vandalising a pillar at the Universiti LRT station at 1am on December 10.

The offence under Section 427 of the Penal Code carries a penalty of up to five years of imprisonment or a fine or both.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar urged the court to mete out an appropriate punishment to serve as a lesson.

However, Bethle who was unrepresented, appealed for a light sentence.

“I apologise for my actions and take full responsibility for the offence,” he said.