A 21-year-old Indonesian man will learn his fate on October 24, for outraging the modesty of his Bruneian step-sister.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi informed Intermediate Court Judge Pengiran Hajah Norismayanti binti Pengiran Haji Ismail that the defendant, whose name has been withheld, first committed the offence in July 2018 when she was only 11 years old.
It was the Hari Raya season, and the victim had fallen asleep inside the defendant’s bedroom at the family home in the Brunei-Muara District.
The defendant entered his room to find the victim asleep on his bed. He climbed into the bed, and sexually assaulted her.
He also recorded a video of his actions, which the victim did not realise, as she was fast asleep.
In February 2019, the defendant waited for another opportunity to strike. At midnight, when the victim was asleep, he again climbed into the bed with her and assaulted her. But she woke up and complained, prompting the defendant to stop.
In October 2019, the defendant was alone with the victim at her step-sister’s rental home, also in the same district. The victim was resting in her step-sister’s bedroom, when the defendant approached her. He again made a sexual advance.
The victim finally had the courage to tell to her step-sister, her father and the defendant’s mother, that her step-brother had been ‘disturbing’ her.
She was also worried that the defendant might get arrested, and so did not disclose the full extent of his acts.
The victim’s father kicked the defendant out of the house, but he still maintained his relations with his mother and older sister.
During the school holidays in December 2019, the victim was invited for a sleepover at the step-sister’s house, where the defendant was spending the night as well.
The following day, the step-sister left for work, leaving the victim alone in the room. After 8am, the defendant approached the victim to sexually assault her.
After this, the victim could no longer stand the trauma and fear which she had gone through, and wrote a letter to confide in her class teacher.
The class teacher then filed a police report, which led to the defendant’s arrest.
The defendant also admitted that he began sexually abusing the victim in 2012.
He even started when she was five years old, where he kissed her after showing her a kissing scene in a movie. Following that, he continued to sexually assault her.