French national Alain Robert Philippe, who made headlines yesterday for scaling Tower Two of the Petronas Twin Towers, was fined RM2,000 in default two months jail for criminal trespass.
Philippe, 47, nicknamed “Spiderman”, admitted to committing the offence at about 8.30am on Tuesday.
The charge, under section 447 of the Penal Code, carries a jail sentence up to six months or a fine up to RM3,000 or both. Philippe was wearing a green coloured jacket, dark coloured jeans and beige boots.
Magistrate Siti Shakirah Mohtarudin said she took into consideration the fact that Philippe was a first-time offender and has no previous convictions.
In mitigation, lawyer Wong Kian Kheong, appearing for Philippe, said his client has a passion for climbing buildings. He said Philippe had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had saved precious judicial time and costs.
Wong said Philippe had trained Malaysian fire fighters and had previously climbed for charitable causes.
He said Phillipe is certified as 60% disabled and requires medical attention for it. He said he had bought a ticket to Paris dated Sept 7 via Singapore.
“He has undertaken not to climb any more buildings in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
Wong said his client has no fixed income, his wife is a secretary in France and he has three children aged 22, 19 and 16 years.
DPP Shashitah Mohamed Hanifa asked for a deterrent sentence as a lesson to the accused and not to repeat the offence.
After posting the fine, Phillippe told reporters he planned to climb a building in Dubai.
“Climbing is my passion and my life,” he said. — The Sun