A British woman has appeared in court in Malaysia on charges of indecency for baring her body on Mt Kinabalu. Eleanor Hawkins is alleged to have been one of a group of 10 who stripped off at the top of the iconic Borneo mountain on 30 May.
The group may have gotten away with their early morning escapade, but they posted pictures of it on social media websites. The striptease took place just six days before a 6.0 magnitude earthquake claimed the lives of 18 people on Mt Kinabalu.
Politician Joseph Pairin Kitingan claimed the group stripping off on the holy mount had incited the wrath of the gods and they had wreaked havoc in retribution. Police launched a search for the 10 and apprehended 23-year-old Ms Hawkins at Tawau Airport on Tuesday as she was about to board a Kuala Lumpur bound flight.
Three of the other members of the group voluntarily gave themselves up at a local police station. The quartet are due back in court on Monday when they could be jailed for three months.
Tribal elders on Borneo say Mt Kinabalu’s deities would be happy with a sacrifice of 10 buffaloes. The chiefs stated yesterday that if the accused offered the buffaloes they would not oppose their release.
Eleanor Hawkins’ father Tim said he spoke with his daughter on Tuesday. He said that she was frightened and also had not meant to be disrespectful or cause offence. He finished off by saying he hoped that any sentence would not be too harsh and would fit the nature of the crime.