Court frees man charged in sodomy case

Fadley Faisal

The Intermediate Court on Monday found a man, charged for sodomising a pair of brothers and sexual abuse, to be innocent and freed of all allegations.

Zainal Abidin bin Jahad, was alleged to have carnal intercourse with a 13-year-old boy twice and a 12-year-old boy once, all in June 2012.

He was also alleged to have abused the 13-year-old boy by forcing him to perform sexual acts on him in June 2012. These allegations were made to have been committed at a house in the Belait District.

Defence counsel Rozaiman Abdul Rahman contested the victims’ evidence saying that they were unfounded, fallible and that they were not credible witnesses as they contradicted each other’s.

However, Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar did not rely on the defence’s claims in making decision and instead based it on the court finding the victims’ evidence not to be “unusually convincing”. DPP Shamshuddin bin Haji Kamaluddin prosecuted the case.