| Fadley Faisal |
A 22-YEAR-OLD Bruneian man, Yurawandy bin Bujang, who pleaded guilty to raping a Taiwanese intern at the Chung Hwa Primary School Teacher’s Hostel in Tutong in September along with robbery and auto theft charges, was sentenced yesterday to 17 years and six months imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane by the High Court.
Justice Pg Hjh Rostaina Pg Hj Duraman took into account the victims’ terrifying ordeal.
The Justice also mentioned that the aggravating factors of the case started since the defendant’s entry into the school, armed with a knife, threatening the victims and causing them to fear for their lives, so much so that as they ran from the school to the police station, they were armed with forks and scissors.
DPP Rozaimah Rahman’s facts of the case stated that the victims are Taiwanese University students on an internship teaching Mandarin at the Chung Hwa Primary School, Tutong.
The defendant drove a van during the wee hours of September 26 and stole a saloon car from a field adjacent to the Jeti Emas Laut in Kuala Belait.
Later in the day, between 8pm and 9pm, he parked at the car park of a restaurant and slept in the car. In the middle of the night, he woke up and walked to the nearest shop to get drinks, but was declined as the shop was closing up.
Thirsty and frustrated, the defendant walked back to his car and noticed the nearby Chung Hwa Primary School canteen and entered the school compound.
The defendant failed to break into the school canteen and went to the nearby teacher’s hostel where he successfully unlocked the door. This happened sometime between midnight and wee hours of September 27.
He tried to open the door to a room but it was locked but he successfully opened the door to the second room with the intention to steal.
When he heard a person’s voice, he took out a knife he had brought in his backpack to threaten the person.
The defendant noticed the room was dark and he could only vaguely see two women.
He said “Quiet!” while holding the knife, to which the two women replied “Okay, okay… you want our money? Don’t kill us.”
Seeing the victims trembling in fear, the defendant took the opportunity to rob the victims off their belongings.
The two handed over their wallets, and as one of the victims attempted to use a mobile phone, the defendant instructed them to hand over their mobile phones.
The victims feared for their lives and did as they were told.
The defendant then saw other items and ordered the two to put them into his backpack. He did this while covering his face with a cloth he found inside the room.
The defendant then tied up one of the victims with a computer cable and left her behind and took the other victim to the kitchen and ordered her to get a drink for him.
The defendant ended up raping the victim and warned her not to do “anything stupid” and fled the scene.
The defendant bought syabu for $50 from a friend with the stolen money and sold off some of the gadgets.
After the incident, the victims managed to escape from their hostel room fearing the defendant might come back.
They went to Tutong Police Station and lodged a report.
The defendant was arrested at midnight on September 29.