| Fadley Faisal |
A 22-YEAR-old Bruneian, Yurawandy bin Bujang, yesterday pleaded guilty to raping a Taiwanese teacher at the Chung Hwa Primary School Teacher’s Hostel in Tutong in September.
He also admitted to robbery and auto theft charges.
Justice Pg Hjh Rostaina Pg Hj Duraman deferred sentencing to November 29 to consider factors of the case.
DPP Rozaimah Rahman informed Justice Pg Rostaina that the victims were university students from Taiwan who arrived in Brunei on August 3 and immediately began their internship programme teaching Mandarin at the Tutong school.
The programme was due to end in October before the incident took place on September 27.
The victims returned to their country on September 28 after assisting the police in investigations.
The exchange programme has been temporarily suspended.
DPP Rozaimah also mentioned at the High Court that the rape victim underwent therapy and frequent medical examinations.
Since the incident, the rape victim has been taking sleeping pills and has even expressed to her family that she wanted to commit suicide.
In mitigations, Yurawandy told Justice Pg Rostaina that he had committed the offence that night because he was thirsty and driven by drugs.
The single and unemployed defendant also asked for leniency and to have his sentences run concurrently.
The facts of the case stated that the defendant drove a van during the wee hours of September 26 and stole a salon car from a field adjacent to the Jeti Emas Laut in Kuala Belait.
Later that night, between 8pm and 9pm, the defendant parked at the car park of a restaurant and slept in the car.
In the middle of the night, the defendant woke up and walked to a 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 and he successfully opened the door to the second room with the intention to steal.
He heard a person’s voice and in shock, he took out a knife which he had brought in his backpack to threaten the person.
The defendant noticed the room was dark and he could only vaguely see the 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.”
Hearing the victims trembling in fear, the defendant took the opportunity to rob the victims off their belongings.
The two handed over their wallets to the defendant, and as one of the victims attempted to use the 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 mask 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 victim was then instructed to undress herself.
The defendant raped 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 rooms 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.