RBPF urge public to obey laws, cooperate with police personnel

James Kon

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) stressed that the public should obey the country’s law and also cooperate with police personnel after a local man was sentenced to 26 months’ imprisonment for criminal intimidation to police personnel and voluntarily causing harm to two men on Thursday.

Brunei-Muara Police District Acting Commanding Officer Superintendent of Police Pengiran Muhaimin bin Pengiran Haji Mustapha made these comments during a press conference at the Berakas Police Station on Thursday.

Royal Brunei Police Force personnel detained the man for voluntarily causing hurt under Section 323 of the Penal Code Chapter 22 and criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code Chapter 22.

The local aged 32 worked as a salesperson at the Pasar Pelbagai Barangan Gadong or Gadong night market.

The Bandar Seri Begawan Central Police Station received a complaint from two Bangladeshi men that the man approached one of them and asked for cigarettes and money on June 17 between 1.30am and 2am at the market.

Both victims were cleaning the market at the time of the incident.

The man slapped and hit the first victim on his face. The suspect also struck the second victim’s face and pushed him on to the ground.

The same day, the local threatened two police personnel at the Gadong night market.
The man sent an audio recording containing intimidation through WhatsApp to one police personnel who had warned him.

The man produced before the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrate’s Court on Thursday pleaded guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to 26 months’ imprisonment starting Thursday at the Jerudong Prison.

Brunei-Muara Police District Acting Criminal Investigation Officer Assistant Superintendent Muhammad Nurfairuz Nazri bin Salleh was also present at the press conference.