Jail, whippings for assaulting teenager

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court yesterday handed a sentence of three years and four months’ jail with three whippings to a 34-year-old local man for a charge of grave assault on a teenage boy.

Judge Pengiran Hajah Norismayanti binti Pengiran Haji Ismail, on handing sentence, said the offence warrants a custodial sentence and it is aggravated by the fact that the attack was also unprovoked.

“The court also takes note that the defendant took his time and carefully planned his break-in into the victim’s house/room in the very early dawn by picking on the victim’s window using the test pin,” the court further noted along with the grievous injuries inflicted on the victim.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali revealed in court that Mohammad Abdul Mutalip bin Minudin, 34, assaulted a 16-year-old boy by stabbing him twice in his stomach and twice in his left lower back using an electrician’s test pin instrument at a house in Kampong Kupang, Tutong at 5am on May 20.

The prosecution revealed that the defendant and the victim met each other through mutual friends.

The victim also stayed with the defendant for a year. He moved out on March 4, 2020 following an argument. He then moved in with his relatives.

On May 20 at midnight, the defendant headed towards Kampong Kupang and waited not far from where the victim was staying and saw him being dropped off by a friend at 1.45am. He waited until 5am thinking that the victim was asleep and sneaked into the house.

The defendant was armed with a test pin and pried open a window to the victim’s bedroom.

He reached for the victim’s phone kept near his bedside which caused the victim to wake up.

The defendant then assaulted him with the test pin four times.

The victim screamed for help as the defendant ran away.

The victim was rushed to hospital. A police report was lodged leading to the defendant’s arrest.