Prosecutors yesterday levelled more charges against a local couple for abusing their four-year-old nephew leading to his death.
The charges stemmed from an investigation which began in September 2022 after the victim was pronounced dead at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital on September 17, 2022. The married couple, Muhammad Suhaib bin Haji Narudin, 27, and Nur Amal Shakinah binti Ahmad Termizi, 23, were arrested by the Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit, Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) on the same day and has been detained since.
Muhammad Suhaib now faces a murder charge by causing the death of the victim by inflicting severe head injuries on three separate occasions over a span of three days.
He also faces five charges under Section 281(a), Chapter 219 of the Children and Young Persons Act for physically abusing the victim between August and September 2022.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi also pressed against Muhammad Suhaib one charge of causing hurt towards the victim by using a lighter and lit cigarette to burn the victim’s private region and limbs.
Meanwhile, Nur Amal Shakinah faces four charges of physically abusing the victim between August and September 2022.
Magistrate Harnita Zelda Skinner ordered Muhammad Suhaib’s case to be mentioned on January 30 for preliminary inquiries and Nur Amal Sakinah’s case to be dealt with in the Intermediate Court on January 28.