Four months’ jail for voyeurism

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed a four-month jail sentence to a 42-year-old cleaner for recording a video of a woman using the female restroom at a government primary school in the Brunei-Muara District.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali informed Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid that Ruzaili bin Salleh, a Malaysian, had been residing in Brunei since 2012, following his marriage to a local woman.

The court was also informed that he had been employed for a year as a cleaner at the school.

He was on his cleaning rounds at noon on October 28, when he heard the sound of running water from a pipe inside the women’s restroom. Taking his phone out, he reached up to the window and began recording.

Shortly after, he heard a scream from within the restroom, which caused him to panic and hide in a storeroom. He also erased the video recording from his phone.

The woman inside the restroom, who happened to be a teacher at the school, ran outside to look for the person reaching up to the window with a mobile phone, but saw no one around.

Distressed, she then confronted her colleagues at the staffroom. She also suspected the defendant, as she had seen him lingering about before she entered the restroom.

On being confronted by the school principal, the defendant denied having recorded the video or knowing anyone who did. His phone was taken from him and identified by the victim as similar to the one she had seen at the window.

The victim subsequently filed a police report, which led to the defendant’s arrest. He admitted to the police that he had been motivated by lust in recording the video.