Maid murder case adjourned

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court on Monday adjourned the murder case of a maid in Mumong to January 18, pending analysis results.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi informed Senior Magistrate Hajah Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman that DNA and mobile forensic analyses are still underway.

The prosecution has to wait for the results before they can pursue the case further. The court adjourned the case, and extended the couple’s remand until then.

Messrs Yusof Halim and Partners lawyer Kamal Shaari acted for the defendants, who were present in court.

Hassan bin Yussof, 65, and Rosnani binti Tanga, 51, face the death penalty on the charge of murdering a 37-year-old Indonesian woman at a house in STKRJ Kampong Mumong, Jalan Derma Wangsa, Kuala Belait, sometime between 6am and 8am on October 10, 2020.

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) said it received an emergency call at 8.45 am on October 10, regarding a woman found unconscious in a pool of blood.

It led to the arrest of the defendants, who were named as suspects in court. Rosnani was ordered to undergo mental assessment and found fit to stand trial.

The defence team applied for the release of their clients on bail in the High court, claiming that there was no evidence to link the couple to the murder.

The prosecution objected, citing risk of the defendants interfering with witnesses.

The High Court dismissed the bail application, on finding the prosecution’s objections to the court’s satisfaction.