GEORGE TOWN: A businessman and a company's executive were fined RM7,500 in default of 12 months' jail term by the magistrate's court here today for stealing a 91-year-old Buddha statue at a temple.
Lim Su-Quinn, 29, and Lim Keng Liang, 37, pleaded guilty to stealing the "Sleeping Buddha" statue at the main prayer hall of Penang Buddhist Association (PBA) in Jalan Anson at 8.30am on Dec 11.
Lawyer R. Puran represented Keng Liang while Jeffrey Ooi Ping Hong appeared for Su-Quinn. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Atiqah Abdul Karim prosecuted the case.
On Dec 11, police revealed checks from the temple's closed circuit television footage showed a man and a woman had stolen the statue about 8.30am.
The footage showed them carting away the statue worth RM10,000 placing it in a bag before putting it to their car.