22-year-old woman fined for lodging false rape report
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A LOCAL woman who falsely reported to the police that she had been raped by her ex-fiancé avoided prison yesterday after she was sentenced a $2,500 fine at the Magistrates’ Court in the capital.
Siti Norain Abu Bakar, 22, had pleaded guilty earlier in the week for filing a false police report on January 12, 2016 alleging that she had been assaulted and raped by her ex-fiancé.
In her report, she stated that the incident took place at a house belonging to her ex-fiancé’s uncle and that he had threatened her not to report it to the police.
Subsequent investigations by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) as well as a statement taken from revealed that the he was in fact not present in the country when the alleged incident took place.
When confronted with the facts, Siti Norain admitted that she had fabricated the story in an attempt to exact revenge on her ex-fiancé for ending their relationship earlier in 2015.
The presiding magistrate Hjh Ervy Suftriana Hj Abd Rahman sentenced the defendant, who works as a cashier, to a fine of $2,500 taking into account the guilty plea at first instance, saving the court time and expenses as well as having no previous convictions.
In the sentencing, the magistrate reminded the defendant that the RBPF plays a significant role in society and is tasked with maintaining public order and security.
The magistrate continued that the RBPF is not a channel for the defendant to express her dissatisfaction over her ex-fiancé and that she has wasted the valuable man-hours that the RBPF could have directed to other investigations.
The defendant was ordered to settle the fine within a grace period of two months or serve three months in prison for in-default of payment.
Under section 182 of the Penal Code, the offence for giving false information is punishable by imprisonment for a term of up to to six months, a fine of up to $4,000, or both.
The Brunei Times