Sometime between August 6 and September 20, 2017, Awangku Azaumuddin bin Pengiran Haji Damit had published an imputation regarding a 24-year-old woman on Instagram, calling her a ‘gold-digger’ and ‘sex-crazed’, knowing well that it could harm her reputation.
Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Md Yusof said that she found the case disturbing, given the close relationship between the defendant and the victim, given that they were previously colleagues and the woman was someone whom the defendant claimed to have loved.
“In the age where technology and social media are part of our daily lives, the Court has to take a serious stand against its misuse, and a deterrent sentence is appropriate,” said the Magistrate.
DPP Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff’s facts of the case stated that the victim had lodged a police report on September 21, 2017, regarding an Instagram account which bore her photo as its profile, under fake name.
Further investigations led to the discovery that the defendant had been responsible for creating and managing the account.
The defendant explained that on July 30, 2017, he had revealed his feelings to the victim, but his love was unreciprocated. Feeling rejected, the defendant created the Instagram account about a week later, and made it public.
During investigations, the defendant admitted that he obtained a photo of the victim from her Facebook page, which he then uploaded as a profile picture to the fake account, so that it would be viewed as hers.
He also admitted to posting the three photos of a woman’s private parts which he had found on Google search.
He affirmed that he had intended for those photos to be perceived as belonging to the victim.