Derby: A British woman arrested for posing naked on Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu has admitted she was "stupid and disrespectful", her father says.

Eleanor Hawkins, 23, from Derby, is among a group of 10 people who stripped before taking photographs at the peak of the mountain on 30 May.

Her father Timothy Hawkins said she "is very sorry for the offence that she has caused".

Officials in Malaysia say she could be charged with causing public nuisance.

Mr Hawkins, who has spoken to his daughter, said the situation should not be "blown out of all proportion".

'Angered spirits'

Last Friday, Mt Kinabalu was hit by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, which left 18 people dead, including children.

A senior minister last week said the tourists had angered spirits by showing "disrespect" to the mountain, which is considered sacred by some tribes in Malaysia.

Ms Hawkins and three other western tourists appeared in court on Wednesday to have their remand extended, according to Malaysian newspaper The Star.

They will be held until Saturday while police continue to investigate.

Mr Hawkins - who said his daughter was "obviously in the photos" - said: "It's fair enough to charge for the misdemeanour committed.

"What we don't want is her lumbered with further charges."

Asked how his daughter is, he said: "As far as I know, she is OK. She is a very intelligent, stoic young woman and she's OK.

"I think she is preparing herself for the worst, just in case."

'Every faith'

But he added it was "not a situation she's been in before, so it's not good".

In a separate interview with the Guardian newspaper, he said: "I have got every faith in [Malaysia's] judicial system. I just hope they don't make an example of them."

Ranau district police chief Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah confirmed to the BBC the authorities had arrested Ms Hawkins at Tawau Airport in Sabah on Tuesday.

Two Canadian tourists, who are siblings, and a Dutchman turned themselves in to police on the same day.

Their lawyer Ronny Cham, told the BBC's Jennifer Pak he had requested the four be held apart from other detainees in order to ensure their safety.

Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, Sabah's police commissioner, said officials were still looking for six other tourists from the same group.

The Muslim-majority country is socially conservative.

Mount Kinabalu is also considered sacred by Sabah's Kadazan Dusun tribe.

Pictures posted on social media angered many in Malaysia, but public sentiment intensified after the earthquake.

Courtesy BBC News