| Fadley Faisal |
A LOCAL man, 49, from the Belait District was brought before the Bandar Magistrate’s Court to face a charge of raping a 15-year-old girl at their family home.
Deputy Public Prosecutor, Shamshuddin Haji Kamaluddin, informed Senior Magistrate, Haji Nabil Daraina PD Ustaz Hj Badaruddin, that the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit of the Ong Sum Ping branch of the Royal Brunei Police Force needs to conduct further investigations into the case as the report was lodged just yesterday and the defendant was arrested at 1.43am.
The defendant, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity, is alleged to have raped the 15-year-old girl in a bedroom at their family home in Kuala Belait on, or around the date of November 23.
DPP Shamshuddin also mentioned that the police believe the defendant is involved in another alleged incident of a similar nature in July this year, which also involved using a knife to threaten the victim.
The relation between the defendant and the victim are not known at this point and will be ascertained after an investigation.
On hearing that the developments are still within the preliminary stage, the senior magistrate gave time for investigations to be pursued further and to have the case mentioned again on December 24.
The defendant is being remanded at the Bandar Central Police Station to assist in investigations.