Man denies threatening police, wife with knife

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A BRUNEIAN man claimed trial after pleading not guilty to charges of threatening to injure two public servants and criminally intimidating his wife.

The defendant, 41-year-old Asnan Hj Laki, was accused of threatening his wife by swinging a knife in her direction at their house in Kg Lambak Kanan on March 14, 2016.

He also told the victim that “she and her parents are the Devil, it is better that I kill (you) rather than pray” while threatening her with the knife.

About an hour after the defendant threatened his wife, police officers arrived at the house to arrest the defendant but he resisted.

The defendant pointed a knife at the police officers, namely Muhd Izzat Harun and Hj Muhd Dhiaurrahman Hj Ariffin, and threatened to injure them to delay them from arresting the defendant.

The prosecution, represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Danial DSP Hj Kifrawi, indicated that 10 witnesses will be called to testify against the defendant, while Asnan indicated to the court that he would only be able to call one witness to support his defence.

The defendant is facing up to five years’ imprisonment for threatening to hurt the police officers and up to three years imprisonment’ for threatening and intimidating his wife under sections 189 and 506 of the Penal Code, respectively.

The presiding magistrate Hjh Ervy Suftriana Hj Abd Rahman yesterday set the next mention of the case to be on the afternoon of April 11, 2016.

The Brunei Times