Three years, two strokes for extortion

A local man who used compromising images of his victims to extort them was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and two strokes of the cane, by the Intermediate Court yesterday.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali informed the court how Muhammad Afham Wafi bin Bujang, 25, had committed the two offences.

In January this year, the defendant, a cleaner of eight years, captured a video of the first victim who was inside a toilet cubicle.

Later on, he realised that the 27-year-old victim was a distant relative.

The defendant looked through his mother’s phone and found the victim’s number, to send screenshots from the video which he had taken.

In May, he used these screenshots to demand BND300 from the victim.

The victim never paid the money and filed a police report instead, which eventually led to the defendant’s arrest.

In the course of investigations, the police found that the defendant had also extorted another man.

It was on January 7 or 8 that the defendant took a video of the 33-year-old victim, who was using the toilet.

He then sent screenshots to the victim, threatening to circulate the media files unless he was paid BND1,500.

The victim left BND500 on a shelf one day, for the defendant to pick up. The remaining BND1,000 was placed on the same shelf on another day, but before the defendant could pick it up, they ran into each other by chance.

The defendant then returned BND500 to the victim for his honesty in keeping his promises.

He deleted the media files, and was forgiven by the victim.

Judge Hajah Hazarena binti Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Jaya Dato Paduka Haji Abu Hurairah presided over the case.