Duo arrested for mosque fire

Hakim Hayat

Police arrested a duo suspected of being behind a fire that ravaged a mosque in RPN Kampong Mentiri in 2017.

Mohd Erwan bin Manggis, 39, and Efarizah binti Zakaria, 43, were arrested following investigations, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) said in a statement yesterday.

Mohd Erwan, produced in the Bandar Intermediate Court yesterday, was charged under Section 435, Chapter 22 of the Penal Code for mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage.

He also faces a charge under Section 380, Chapter 22 of the Penal Code for his involvement in a house theft in Kampong Lumapas in March 2021.

Mohd Erwan pleaded guilty to both charges and the court set August 17 for sentencing. The court also ordered the defendant to be remanded until his next court mention.

The RBPF said Efarizah is being investigated and prosecution is ongoing to gather evidence to prove her involvement in the arson case.

This 2017 file photo shows the mosque in RPN Kampong Mentiri ravaged by fire. PHOTO: RBPF