The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed a sentence of 18 months’ jail with one whipping to a convicted former senior policeman for sexually harassing a colleague.
Senior Magistrate Azrimah binti Abdul Rahman on handing sentence to former Deputy Superintendent Ramzi Hayatina bin Dato Haji Ibrahim, said that this was a case of abuse of dominance as a superior officer to a subordinate.
Hajah Anifa Rafiza, who conducted the trial representing the prosecution, proved the case against Ramzi of the charge of making sexual gestures to a female Lance Corporal, while at the Airport Police Administration Office at 11.26am on September 14, 2019.
The court convicted the defendant on finding the victim’s evidence consistent – “her vivid description and demonstration made it clear that she had not consented to the act and that the defendant had committed the act intentionally”.
The court believed the other prosecution witnesses had no reasons to go through such a risky process of mounting sexual allegations against the defendant.
The court also “did not find any delay in the victim reporting the matter, notwithstanding the various reasons why victims do not make police report soon after”.
“The messages that the defendant sent to the victim asking her to withdraw her allegations showed that he knew he had outraged her modesty,” the court decided.
The Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force conducted the investigations .
DPP Raihan Nabilah Ahmad Ghazali represented the public prosecutor in the case yesterday.