While it’s all fun and games when you try to scam your way into a party using names from the guestlist, this woman took it too far…
According to Malay Mail, The Magistrates’ Court in Kuching yesterday (20 Jan), sentenced Safferina Talib to one year and eight months’ jail for cheating to get free entrance tickets to the Rainforest World Musical Festival (RWMF) back in 2019.
The 36-year-old woman was charged with cheating Sarawak Tourism Board’s advertising and promotion manager by deceiving the latter to believe that the former was the cousin of the Sarawak Chief Minister’s daughter, Dayang Norjihan and was asked to collect 20 pieces of RWMF wristbands for free at the festival’s entrance.
In the incident which happened on 13 July 2019, the accused fled when the supervisor requested her identification document. Later upon checking the ticketing records, the supervisor found out that another supervisor had given the accused 20 admission wristbands the previous day.
To refresh, the price of one adult ticket for RWMF starts from RM125 for regular tickets and can cost up to RM420 for premium tickets in 2019.
On 14 July 2019, a police report was then lodged over the matter with investigations revealing that Dayang did not know the accused and had never instructed the accused to obtain RWMF wristbands on her behalf.
Yesterday, Magistrate Syarifah Fatimah Azura Wan Ali meted out the sentence on Safferina after convicting her on one count of cheating at the end of a full trial which saw seven prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses called to testify.
Safferina was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of between one and 10 years with whipping, and also liable to a fine.
The court, however, allowed for a stay of execution following an application filed by defence counsel Jonathan Jalin, and granted the accused cash bail of RM5,000 with one local surety besides ordering her to report to the nearest police station once a month.