Teacher faces additional molestation charge

Hakim Hayat

A 41-year-old male school teacher from the Belait District, who was charged with molesting three young male students, faced an additional sexual assault charge on another student at the Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The primary school teacher, whose name was withheld to protect the identity of the victims, now faces a fresh charge of molesting a 10-year-old male student on October 21, 2019.

The prosecution, led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Hafizah binti Ahmad, requested for more time to obtain forensic reports during the court proceedings presided over by Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar.

In another court session for the previous four charges of molesting three students (aged nine,10 and 11), Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi requested for more time to obtain forensic reports, which was granted by Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman.

The defendant, represented by counsel Haji Rozaiman bin Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, is being charged under Section 354B of the Penal Code that carries a penalty of prison of not less than three years and not more than 10 years, and caning for each charge if convicted.

Further mention of the case will be in two weeks’ time.