Local man’s jail term raised on appeal

Fadley Faisal

The High Court increased a local man’s sentence from eight months to one year and eight months’ imprisonment upon agreeing with the Public Prosecutor in the appeal.

Abdul Majid bin Haji Bini pleaded guilty to two charges of exhibiting obscene photos of his ex-girlfriend, with whom he had a child out of wedlock, and one of criminal intimidation.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri Kiprawi said the Magistrate’s Court’s sentence was unduly lenient while considering the gravity of the offences.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong agreed after taking into account the aggravating factors of the case.

“Abdul Majid paid no attention to the stern warning from the police after he first posted explicit photos of the victim online (before a report was lodged). Indeed, Abdul Majid was emboldened to repeat the offences twice and he went further to cause harm to the victim by revealing her identity, work place and portraying her as a prostitute. These vindictive acts by Abdul Majid were clearly calculated to humiliate and destroy the reputation of the victim,” the Chief Justice said while allowing the Public Prosecutor’s appeal.