Local man pleads guilty to possession of bullets

Fadley Faisal

The husband in the case of a local couple indicted in the Intermediate Court with the possession of bullets has pleaded guilty.

Mohammad Zulhilmi bin Mohd Hussin, 39, and his wife Saltinawati binti Haji Abu Bakar, 43, earlier denied the charges under the Arms and Explosives Act alleging them of possessing 21 pieces of bullets at their home in RPN Kampong Panchor Mengkubau.

Mohammad Zulhilmi pleaded guilty yesterday to being in possession of the bullets some time between February 22 and March 3.

Saltinawati maintained her innocence to the allegation of possessing the bullets from 2014 to February 20.

Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar fixed May 21 to hand down sentence to Muhammad Zulhilmi.

DPP Emily Goh’s facts of the case state that Mohammad Zulhilmi was a Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel between 1999 to 2008.

He and his wife had a breakdown in their relationship and lived separately.

Mohammad Zulhilmi lived alone in RPN Kampong Panchor Mengkubau while his wife and two children moved out on February 20.

On March 2, the Muara Police Station investigated a Facebook post containing photos of bullets.

The Facebook was under the name Saltinawati Tina which belonged to Saltinawati.It led to the arrest of the defendant’s and his wife when police entered their marital home on March 3.

A search on Mohammad Zulhilmi led to the discovery of a bag, in which a box containing 21 bullets was kept.

The police seized the bullets and questioned them. The defendant said his act was to attract his wife’s attention and convince her to come home.