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British backpacker Eleanor Hawkins sentenced to three days in prison for stripping on sacred Malaysian mountain

A British woman blamed for triggering an earthquake after stripping on top of a sacred Malaysian mountain has been fined £1,000 and sentenced to three days in jail.

Backpacker Eleanor Hawkins, 23, and three other western tourists, who were also fined, have already served the time, the BBC and Sky News reported.

She had admitted to the public nuisance offence during an appearance at Kota Kinabalu Magistrates' Court in Malaysia today.

The group of backpackers were arrested after photos emerged of them stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu on May 30.

Hawkins, an aeronautical engineering graduate from Derby, was arrested at Tawau airport on Tuesday as she was flying from the island of Borneo to the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

A magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck the 13,400ft-high mountain last Friday, killing 18 people and leaving hundreds more stranded.

Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed the earthquake six days later on the travellers showing "disrespect to the sacred mountain".

Yesterday Hawkins' father said his daughter was sorry for any offence caused by her actions.

He said: "She knows what she did was stupid and disrespectful and is very sorry for the offence that she has caused the Malaysian people."

He added: "We hope that the Malaysian authorities deal with the misdemeanour and not link it to the unfortunate tragic events that occurred the following week."

Mr Hawkins criticised an arrested Canadian - named in reports as 33-year-old Emil Kaminski - who is said to have circulated the photos and posted offensive comments on social media.

He accused the "halfwit Canadian guy" of "stirring up a media storm".

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