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Man to learn fate for robbing, assaulting woman at knife point

Fadley Faisal

A local man will learn his fate on January 15, 2022 for robbing a woman in her car and sexually assaulting her while armed with a pocket knife.

Thirty-three-year-old Mohammad Faizul Helmey bin Ahmad Umar yesterday pleaded guilty to the charges in the Intermediate Court, along with three other charges of robbery and theft.

Prosecutor Hajah Atiyyah Azzahra binti Pehin Dato Haji Abas revealed in court that on October 18, the defendant was riding his bicycle in Bengkurong when a 42-year-old woman stopped to ask for direction.

He offered to go with her and show her the way. After getting into the car and briefly giving direction, he pulled out a pocket knife and threatened the victim with it.

He then punched her in the stomach, slapped her across the face and ordered her to get out of the car.

The victim refused to comply, at which point the defendant took over the wheel and drove to a secluded area, where he lifted the victim’s dress and rubbed his private part against the victim’s genital over her underwear.

The defendant then left the victim by the roadside and drove off with her car along with her handbag.

The defendant was arrested on November 30.

The police recovered the car, which was dumped in a commercial area in Tungku Link. The colour of the car had been changed and the licence plates replaced with the ones he had stolen from a car at a workshop in Kampong Telisai, Tutong District in August.

Further investigation revealed that the defendant had offered an Indonesia woman a ride in his car at a bus stop in Kampong Tungku on October 20.

He claimed to be heading to the capital and offered to take her to her destination for BND1.

The defendant then drove to a nearby junction, restrained the victim and attempted to rob her.

On the discovery that the victim had no money, the defendant snatched a gold bracelet from her arm and took her mobile phone before dropping her off at a nearby convenience store.

Probes into the case also found that the defendant had stolen a car from a house in Jalan Pasir Berakas in November.

He saw that the car window was rolled down and came across a pair of scissors which he used to start the engine.

He drove off to Seria, during which he experienced problems with the car, prompting him to abandon it in Lumut.