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Eleanor Hawkins sentenced to three days in prison

Four tourists, including one Briton, have been given prison sentences and fined for posing naked on a mountain in Malaysia. 

Briton Eleanor Hawkins, Canadians Lindsey and Danielle Peterson, and Dutchman Dylan Snel admitted causing a public disturbance and “committing an obscene act in public”. All were sentenced to three days, but the sentence was backdated to include time already served; they were also fined 5,000 Malaysian ringgit (£860/$1,331).

Prosecutors said the four tourists, along with six others, climbed the peak to enjoy the sunrise on 30 May and then challenged each other to take off their clothes. Pictures were then uploaded to social media.

There has been a public outcry over the incident, as locals have accused the group of being disrespectful to customs and the local culture.

Mount Kinabalu is considered a sacred place as it is believed that the spirits of the anscestors of the Kadazan Dusun tribe are there. Tour guides ask all visitors to treat the mountain with respect and to refrain from shouting, screaming or cursing at it.

By Fiona Carty

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