The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed an eight month jail sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to charges of public exhibition of obscene photos and criminal intimidation.
Abdul Majid bin Haji Bini’s, 27, instant guilty plea was given consideration by Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid.
However, the magistrate said the unpleasant breakup does not justify the defendant’s acts which had damaged the victim’s reputation to the point of being “irreparable”.
“The defendant had time to reflect and had the opportunity to stop this ill-intended act when the matter was brought to the attention of the police,” said the Magistrate.
“The damage to the reputation was also extended to the victim’s workplace causing further embarrassment,” the Magistrate said highlighting that all factors were aggravating.
Facts submitted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi revealed that the defendant had previously been in a relationship with the victim and they had parted while she was pregnant with their child in 2019.
In October 2019, the defendant threatened to circulate the victim’s private photos by uploading them on a social media platform.
The victim filed a complaint with the Royal Brunei Police Force and the defendant received a stern warning.
In January, the defendant attempted to reconcile with the victim but was rejected. He created several social media accounts under false names to publicly exhibit the private photos to shame the victim. He shared the victim’s full name and other personal details. It was also revealed that the defendant also tagged the account of the primary school where the victim was teaching to further embarrass her.
This led to the discovery of the accounts by the victim, who confronted the defendant and asked him to remove the photos and delete the accounts. The following month, the defendant again tried to reconcile with the victim and was rejected. He threatened to upload private videos of the victim, which led the victim to file a police report.
This month, the victim discovered two more social media accounts with her private photos, which she promptly reported to the police. Investigations revealed that the defendant created fake social media accounts with the intention of publicly shaming the victim with her private photos.