Sentencing in assault case on July 16

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court fixed July 16 to hand down sentence to a 34-year-old local man yesterday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of grave assault on a teenage boy.

DPP Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali’s charge against Mohammad Abdul Mutalip bin Minudin, 34, states that the defendant 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 charge is an offence that includes the possibility of causing death. It carries a penalty of 15 years’ jail with whipping.

The prosecution revealed in court yesterday that the defendant and the victim met 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 resulted 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.

Judge Pengiran Hajah Norismayanti binti Pengiran Haji Ismail presided.