20 January 2016
Petaling Street stripper freed on good behaviour bond
20 January 2016 | MYT 2:13 PM
Ex-model in stripping case out on good behaviour bond
KUALA LUMPUR: A former model charged with public indecency was released by a magistrate’s court here on a two-year good behaviour bond with a surety of RM4,000.
Magistrate Nur’ Aminahtul Mardiah Md Nor made the decision on Wednesday after Persana Avril Sollunda, 34, changed her not guilty plea to guilty.
She also ordered for the woman to report at the police station every month for drug and alcohol tests.
“If you breach these conditions, you can be sentenced according to the original charge,” added the magistrate.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Nabilah Ahmad Po’ad, who prosecuted, requested for the charge against Persana to be read again.
“I understand. I plead guilty. I wasn’t myself at that time,” she said after the charge was read to her in English.
When the facts of the case were read in court, she admitted to committing the obscene act, but claimed she did not touch or buy anything during the incident.
During mitigation, Persana’s lawyer Kelvin Tan said his client was not herself at the time of the incident.
10 August 2015
A psychiatric evaluation of a former Sabah model who is charged with stripping at a chicken rice shop in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, states that she is stable and fit to stand trial, The Star Online reported.
However, the evaluation report, which was read out in the Magistrate’s Court today, said Persana Avril Sollunda, 32, was of “unsound” mind at the time of the April 23 incident during which she removed her bra and top after she was accused of failing to pay an RM18 bill at the chicken rice shop.
The court fixed August 27 for re-mention and submission of documents and the trial is slated to take place from January 11 to 13.
Persana appeared calm in court and sported a black leather jacket over a brown-orange top with black jeans and high-heeled boots.
She was accompanied by her brother, Peter Alvin, The Star Online reported.
After leaving the courtroom, Persana was heard telling her lawyer Kevin Tan “I want to call my mother”.
Shanna Avril yg didakwa berkelakuan lucah di Jln Petaling waras & boleh dibicara http://hmtro.com/1IYqv08 Pix Yazit
Monday August 3, 2015 MYT 3:21:29 PM
Part-time model stripping case on Aug 10
KUALA LUMPUR: The Magistrate’s court set Aug 10 to mention the case of Persana Avril Sollunda, the part-time model who was charged with committing an obscene act by stripping in public in Petaling Street.
The case was to be heard before Magistrate Nur ‘Aminahtul Mardiah Md Nor on Monday but deputy public prosecutor Noor Svetlana Mohd Noor Nordin said they have yet to receive Sollunda’s mental health report from Hospital Bahagia in Perak.
Sollunda, 33, was only released from the psychiatric hospital last Friday.
Clad in a brown coat and high-cut leather boots with her hair dyed blonde, Sollunda arrived at the courtroom alone and was later joined by her brother Peter Alvin
When asked if she wanted to be interviewed, her lawyer, Kevin Tan, told reporters that she did not want to be disturbed. Tan took over the case from her previous lawyer, Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin.
Sollunda underwent a month-long psychiatric evaluation under section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code on May 29, which was extended for another month.
Thursday July 2, 2015 MYT 12:33:51 PM
Mental check order on Sabah ex-model extended
KUALA LUMPUR: The court order for a former model charged with committing an obscene act by stripping in public last April to undergo mental observation has been extended for another month.
Magistrate Nur ‘Aminahtul Mardiah Md Nor made the decision after granting an application by Tanjung Rambutan Hospital, Perak for more time to prepare the mental health report on Persana Avril Sollunda, 33.
The magistrate set Aug 3 for re-mention but said the case could be brought forward if the report could be completed earlier.
Deputy public prosecutor Noor Svetlana Mohd Noor Nordin and counsel Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin did not object to the hospital’s application.
Yes, Shanna Avril arrived just before midnight, 29 May 2015, at Hospital Bahagia, Tanjong Rambutan, a half hour’s drive from Ipoh.
Shanna Avril to undergo psychiatric evaluation at TR mental hospital
Friday May 29, 2015 MYT 9:05:22 PM
Ex-model races against time to meet Hospital Bahagia deadline
KUALA LUMPUR: Former model Persana Avril Sollunda, accused of stripping in public, is racing against the midnight deadline to reach Hospital Bahagia in Perak or face arrest.
Her brother, Peter, told The Star Online late Friday that he and Persana were waiting for the train in Kuala Lumpur to take them to the hospital in Ipoh.
Friday May 29, 2015 MYT 1:29:36 PM
Ex-model to be admitted to Hospital Bahagia
KUALA LUMPUR: Persana Avril Sollund, who is accused of stripping in public, has been ordered to undergo a month-long psychiatric evaluation.
On Friday, magistrate Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor ordered for Sollunda to be warded at Hospital Bahagia under section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which allows for those suspected of not being of sound mind to undergo observation and receive psychiatric treatment.
If Sollunda fails to turn up at Hospital Bahagia by the end of Friday, bail will be forfeited and a warrant of arrest will be issued, Nur A’minahtul Mardiah said.
Sollunda will undergo a month-long observation and will have to produce a psychiatric report from Hospital Bahagia at her next court mention on July 2.
Friday May 29, 2015 MYT 11:12:16 AM
Ex-model given till noon to appear in court or face arrest warrant
KUALA LUMPUR: Persana Avril Sollunda, who is accused of stripping in public, has been ordered to appear in court by noon on Friday or an arrest warrant would be issued against her.
Sollunda’s lawyer, Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin, said that Sollunda was unwell when explaining her absence at the Jalan Duta court for the re-mention on Friday.
Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin also presented a letter from doctors at the Sungai Buloh hospital, where Sollunda has been receiving continuous psychiatric treatment since May 5.
She was discharged temporarily from the hospital on Thursday but was asked by doctors to return for further treatment on June 1, he added.
Sollunda is currently staying at her brother’s home in Kota Damansara.
“She was released from hospital so she must be here, otherwise an arrest warrant will be issued,” said magistrate Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor.
“She is not excused from being here as no MC has been presented. Whether she is well or unwell is for me to decide,” Nur A’minahtul said.
She added that Sollunda cannot be absent without leave of the court.
Saturday May 9, 2015 MYT 9:18:43 AM
Community to the rescue
THERE was drama in a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Two competing lawyers sought to represent 32-year-old Sabahan Persana Avril Sollunda who was charged with perbuatan lucah (indecent behaviour) in public.
One of the lawyers was Francis Pereira. He was sanctioned by the Persana family members (brother and aunt), Datuk Richard Bainon (chairman of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association Klang Valley) and Beyond Pitas (a group that highlights the plight of the downtrodden).
The other lawyer was Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin who was engaged by a mysterious man called Datuk Jay.
In the dock was the exotic-looking former model of mixed parentage (Kadazandusun and Punjabi). She was wearing a long black coat, a short skirt and boots.
I approached Persana and asked: “Remember me? I met you last week.”
I said this hoping she would recall our brief meeting during her court appearance on April 28 where she pleaded not guilty.
“Ya, you are Jay Jay’s friend,” said the woman who has been in jail for 10 days as nobody was in court to pay her bail.
Baffled as I didn’t know who Jay Jay was, I said, “Okay, take care.”
When her case was brought up before magistrate Siti Radziah Kamaruddin, the two lawyers explained the rather awkward situation. Siti Radziah decided to allow Persana to choose which lawyer she wanted to represent her. She picked Muhammad Nor.
When the charge was read, Persana maintained her not guilty plea. The magistrate allowed her to be freed on bail of RM7,000. Siti Radziah also ordered the Sabahan not to leave the peninsula.
When the court asked a bailor to stand up, Persana’s family members, Beyond Pitas members and Bainon had a shock.
It had been agreed that Persana’s younger brother Peter would be the bailor. Instead, a tall man stood up.
The tall man turned out to be their uncle (their mother’s younger brother). In the spirit of mitatabang (Kadazandusun for “the spirit of helping one another in whatever form”), the RM7,000 bail money was raised by the uncle, Bainon and Beyond Pitas.
Two days later, I called Persana’s uncle. He did not want to be identified but he told me he did not attend the earlier court date because he was misinformed about when her case was brought to court.
Read the whole article here:
She has been warded at the Sungai Buloh hospital for psychiatric evaluation. She had previously been warded in a psychiatric hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
Wednesday May 6, 2015 MYT 7:42:27 AM
Woman who allegedly stripped undergoes mental evaluation after being freed
KUALA LUMPUR: A 32-year-old woman who allegedly went topless in Jalan Petaling here recently was released from the Kajang Prison after bail was posted and taken by relatives to the Sungai Buloh hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Persana Avril Sollunda had previously been warded in a psychiatric hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
Yesterday, doctors at the hospital advised her family to have her admitted to the psychiatric ward. She was warded at around 5.30pm.
Earlier in the day, magistrate Siti Radziah Kamaruddin allowed Sollunda to be freed on bail of RM7,000.
半裸大鬧茨廠街 ‧ 前美姐不認罪… http://bit.ly/1QhJhS2
Tuesday May 5, 2015 MYT 12:20:41 PM
Ex-model denies Petaling Street stripping charge
KUALA LUMPUR: A former Sabah model, who was accused of stripping at Petaling Street, has maintained her not guilty plea.
A bail of RM7,000 was posted by Persana Avril Sollunda’s brother after her lawyer, Muhammad Nor Izzat Nordin, had requested for a lesser amount from the initial RM10,000 as it was a “small offence”.
Persana has been instructed to surrender her passport to the court and present herself once every two weeks to a nearby police station.
She is also barred from leaving Peninsular Malaysia until her next court date on May 29.
Shanna Avril dibenar diikat jamin. Selanjutnya di http://hmtro.com/1JN8TFC
Free Malaysia Today
Sabahans in bid to free Petaling Street ‘stripper’
KOTA KINABALU: Sabahan journalist Philip Golingai is reportedly making attempts together with his Whatsapp Group to free Persana Avril Sollunda, 32, the Sabahan dubbed “the Petaling Street stripper” by the media, and who is awaiting trial in jail, at Sungai Buloh.
Her case will only be mentioned again on May 29. She has pleaded not guilty. However, the trial will not start on May 29. If she’s found guilty when her case is eventually heard, she will face three months in jail, a fine, or both. She has one child.
According to Facebook, some Church groups have plans to bail her out. It could not be immediately established whether Golingai’s group was part of the Church groups.
In a personal “she’s not alone” piece widely shared on Facebook, Golingai said that his Wahatsapp Group has engaged a lawyer willing to do pro bono work but they are still looking for a bailor. “They are working to bail out the accused,” he wrote. “Persana might get her second chance after all.”
In the personal piece, the journalist said that he has made contact with Persana and established that she was Sabahan. She told him that that she doesn’t have any parents.
The journalist told her that he had put together the money to bail her out. Persana told him that she had the money but it was at her locker at the spa in Bukit Bintang where she worked. He was asked to contact her colleague, Jenny, at the spa.
Golingai sent a female colleague to meet with Jenny but two women “supervisors” at the spa wouldn’t allow her to meet with Jenny and neither would they give her contact. They took the position that it was better for Persana to stay in jail and “learn a lesson”.
Golingai was apparently at the magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday when Persana was brought in at 12.11pm handcuffed to a tudung-clad woman facing a possession of drugs charge. Persana was in a long black coat over a short white dress with deep neckline and black boots with high heels. Her shoulder-length hair was tied in a bun.
One Man’s Meat
Saturday May 2, 2015 MYT 9:06:41 AM
In the dock, a real person
AT about 12.11pm on Tuesday, a former model was brought into a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur handcuffed to a tudung-clad woman charged with possession of drugs.
Persana Avril Sollunda wore a long black coat over a short white dress with deep neckline and black boots with high heels. Her shoulder-length hair was tied in a bun.
The 32-year-old exotic-looking Sabahan of mixed parentage (Kadazandusun and Punjabi) looked sweet and decent. I felt sorry for her.
When I see someone who notoriously becomes larger than life via social media in the flesh, my heart melts. The person becomes more human. From a “Petaling Street stripper”, I saw her as a “real person”.
On Saturday, police arrested the spa worker after a video went viral showing a woman removing her white jacket, black blouse and bra at the popular tourist area during an argument over her refusal to pay for her meal. The incident allegedly took place at 4.30pm on April 23.
“I think no family members or friends here,” I WhatsApp-ed my Sabah group. “If she pleads guilty and is fined, I wonder who will pay for it.”
I noticed that most of the accused (China dolls and Bangladeshi labourers who overstayed and Malaysians caught for drug possession) in the dock kept on turning their heads to the gallery to look for a familiar face.
Persana did not. It was as if she knew that nobody would turn up for her in court. Her charge was read in front of magistrate Zura Syazween Hamzan and prosecuting officer Asst Supt Nom Phot Prackdit. She was charged with perbuatan lucah (behaving indecently) in public. After it was read, Persana was asked what her plea was. “Saya di pukul (I was beaten) …,” she said.
Zura told her that the charge was not related to her being beaten by anyone. “That is not the issue. This is about you behaving indecently. Do you plead guilty?” she said.
“I plead not guilty,” said Persana, who might be sentenced to not more than three months in jail, fined, or penalised with both sentences if found guilty.
When asked if she had anyone to post bail, she shook her head to say no. Zura set May 29 for her hearing.
I managed to talk to Persana.
Me: “Hello! I’m Philip Golingai from Sabah. My Sabah friends would like to help you to pay for bail. Do you need help to pay bail?”
Persana: “I have the money. It is in my spa in XXX hotel. However, I don’t have a way to get the money.”
Me: “How can I help you to get the money?”
Persana: “I have a friend and she’s in the spa. Call my friend Jenny in the spa. She can bring me the money.”
Me: “How about your family? Do you want me to contact your mum or dad?”
Persana: “I don’t have any mother or father.”
Me: “Are you from Sabah?”
Persana: “Yes, I am.”
Thirty minutes later, P. Aruna, my colleague, was at the spa in Bukit Bintang to look for Jenny. However, the two women working in the spa didn’t allow her to meet Jenny. The two women, whose job title is probably “mummy”, were suspicious of strangers and strange questions.
“They said they didn’t want to help her….
I WhatsApp-ed my Sabah group: “If Jenny can’t bail out Persana, do you want to help get someone to post bail and to raise the bail.” Most of the group members were keen.
Sarah (not her real name): “Count me in.”
Jahid (not his real name): “I can chip in.”
“Why are you helping her?” I asked Sarah.
“She deserves a second chance. Maybe kindness from a stranger will motivate her to turn over a new leaf,” she said. “I got a lot of WhatsApp messages on her, mostly negative ones and very few addressed her as a person. Most judged her on what they saw on the video.”
It was amazing that many Malaysians wanted to help Persana raise bail. The WhatsApp group members told me that some offered money without them asking for donation. Some offered to pray.
The group has engaged a lawyer willing to do pro bono work and they are still looking for a bailor. They are working to bail out to the accused. Persana might get her second chance after all.
>The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.
Free Malaysia Today
Petaling Street ‘stripper’ says she was beaten
Social media commentators have criticised Magistrate Zura Syazween Hamizan for ignoring Persana’s complaint.
KOTA KINABALU: Persana Avril Sollunda, 32, the Sabahan dubbed “the Petaling Street stripper” by the media, is awaiting trial in jail, at Sungai Buloh. Her case will only be mentioned again on May 29. She has pleaded not guilty.
Persana, a part-time model and spa worker in Kuala Lumpur had no bailor on Tuesday resulting in the Court being unable to set bail. The trial will not start on May 29. If she’s found guilty when her case is eventually heard, she will face three months in jail, a fine, or both. She has one child.
According to Facebook, some Church groups have plans to bail her out.
The social media and YouTube where her case has gone viral has been critical of Magistrate Zura Syazween Hamizan for ignoring her complaint that she was beaten.
It was not immediately clear who beat her or where the alleged beating took place. Zura responded however by saying that it was not the issue (in Court) and proceeded to read the charge again.
With no one to bail her, she goes to Sg Buloh prison.
Wednesday April 29, 2015 MYT 11:44:20 AM
Ex-model alone in court to face indecency charge
KUALA LUMPUR: The woman charged in relation to the Petaling Street stripping incident appeared in court alone.
The stylish Persana Avril Sollunda said she did not have any friends or family to post bail.
Looking tired, the 32-year-old part-time model and spa worker from Sabah walked in handcuffed to a drug offender, dressed in a short white dress with a deep neckline, which she wore under a long black coat and high-heeled black boots.
She claimed trial at a magistrate’s court yesterday to a charge of behaving indecently in public.
When the charge was read to her, Persana caught the word “lucah” (indecent) and asked what was meant by that word.
“I was beaten…,” she started to say, but magistrate Zura Syazween Hamizan cut her off, saying the charge was not related to her being beaten by anyone.
“This is about you behaving indecently.
“Do you plead guilty?” asked the magistrate.
“No,” replied Persana.
When asked if she had anyone to post bail, she shook her head to say no.
WHO ELSE DOES SHE KNOW?
KOTA KINABALU: The case of Sabahan Persana Avril Sollunda, 32, a part time model and spa worker in Kuala Lumpur, has gone viral in Sabah in particular after a photo of her with Huguan Siou Joseph Pairin Kitingan emerged on social media.
Pairin told local media that he had seen the picture but could not recollect when it was taken. “I don’t know her,” he assured the media. “Many people have their pictures taken with me. It’s normal. When they ask, you oblige. But I don’t remember her. Who is she?”
He was amused when the media related her antics in Petaling Street recently. Sollunda can be seen next to Pairin in the picture, in a low-cut blouse. The Huguan Siou, who is also Deputy Chief Minister and President of the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), was in traditional costume.
Sollunda, of mixed Dusun-Thai (Chinese)- Indian (Sikh) ancestry, was charged in the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday under Section 294 of the Penal Code for allegedly committing an obscene act in public. She claimed trial. If found guilty she faces three months in jail, a fine or both.
Petaling Street ‘stripper’ charged with committing obscene act
Tuesday April 28, 2015 MYT 2:01:36 PM
Petaling Street ‘stripper’ charged with committing obscene act
KUALA LUMPUR: The infamous “Petaling Street stripper” has claimed trial at a magistrate’s court here to a charge of behaving indecently in public.
Persana Avril Sollunda, 32, a part time model and spa worker, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the charge under Section 294 of the Penal Code of committing an obscene act in public.
If found guilty she faces up to three months in jail or a fine or both.
Magistrate Zura Syazween Hamizan set May 29 for next mention.
Malaysian model, Shanna Avril, “I can’t remember anything.” Unfortunately, it’s all on video. We can’t forget anything!
Monday April 27, 2015 MYT 10:07:42 AM
Cops: Petaling Street stripper has no recollection of incident
KUALA LUMPUR: The woman who stripped to avoid paying for a meal in Petaling Street has no recollection of the incident.
Police said the woman, 32, was found to have been high on syabu when she took off her clothes in the Thursday incident, which has gone viral on social media.
“We picked her up for questioning on Saturday but could only speak to her later as she had passed out. Her urine tested positive for methamphetamine,” Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said.
He said when questioned, the woman claimed she did not remember the incident.
“It is a pretty straightforward case. We have forwarded the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor and are looking to charge her today,” he said.
Revealed: Woman who stripped at chicken rice stall is a Malaysian model
Identity of woman who stripped at chicken rice stall revealed: She’s a Malaysian model http://goo.gl/NtRqwW
According to ViralCham, she has been revealed to be a Malaysian model by the name of Shanna Avril.
Her Facebook page states that she is from Queensland, Australia. Shanna allegedly went to Kuala Lumpur to work as a nurse in 2012.
She was also in a beauty contest on Malaysian magazine Dewi Remaja in 2005.
According to modelling magazine Jurgita, she is of Kadazan, Chinese and Indian mixed descent.
She has also participated in various Malaysian beauty contests and appeared on local TV shows there.
Monday April 27, 2015 MYT 12:00:58 AM
Petaling Street ‘stripper’ tests positive for meth
PETALING JAYA: The woman who was recorded stripping off her clothes in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the police on Sunday.
“A urine test was conducted on the suspect who was detained following a report of public indecency under Section 509 of the Penal Code, and her urine tested positive for methamphetamine,” said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah.
He said the suspect was a 32-year old spa worker in Kuala Lumpur.
On Saturday, police arrested the Sabahan, who was caught on video removing her white jacket, black blouse and her bra at the popular tourist street during an argument over her refusal to pay for her meal.
ACP Zainol confirmed that the woman was nabbed at a hotel in Jalan Sultan at about 5.30am.
“She had eaten at a restaurant in Petaling Street and refused to pay for the food,” ACP Zainol said.
He said the woman might have been tipsy then as she had consumed two bottles of beer at the restaurant.
“She scolded the owner and taunted her,” he said, adding that the restaurant owner did not file a police report.
The woman stripped, apparently to avoid settling the RM18 bill.
Saturday April 25, 2015 MYT 12:40:51 PM
Petaling street stripper from Sabah arrested
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman who was allegedly caught on video stripping her clothes at Petaling Street.
The video, which was taken down a few hours after being uploaded on YouTube, had caused a stir on social media.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah confirmed that the suspect, who is from Sabah, was arrested in a hotel in Jalan Sultan at about 5.30am Saturday.
“Initial information from the public was that she could be Iranian but it is not true. She is a Malaysian from Sabah,” he said adding that police would conduct a urine test to ascertain if she was on drugs.
Indeed, the first case of ‘posing nude’ has happened in Malaysia! However, it was a case of stripping rather than posing nude…
Woman strips off in Petaling Street to avoid paying for chicken rice http://bit.ly/1KcedQ7
Friday April 24, 2015 MYT 1:33:08 PM
Video of ‘stripper’ in Petaling Street causes stir on social media
by m. kumar
PETALING JAYA: A video shared on YouTube of a woman stripping her clothes in Petaling Street over an argument is causing a stir on social media.
The woman, who is believed to be a foreigner, is seen arguing with another woman while being surrounded by a small crowd.
She then took off her top to the astonishment of onlookers.
While it is unclear as to the reason of her argument, she shouts, “don’t do this to me,” and “what is your problem, I pay you” at the second woman as she takes off her clothes.