PETALING JAYA: A Wellington High Court judge has released his findings that former Malaysian Embassy worker Muhammed Rizalman Ismail (pic) had a â€œsexual motiveâ€ when he followed a woman home.
According to a New Zealand Herald report, Justice David Collins also found that Rizalman was in an abnormal state of mind, which might have diminished his understanding when he indecently assaulted the woman.
â€œHowever, Mr Rizalmanâ€™s possible â€˜diminished understandingâ€™ is not a mitigating factor because at the time of his offending Mr Rizalman was, in all likelihood, affected by synthetic cannabis,â€ said Justice Collins.
Rizalman told the court that he got a signal from the woman to follow her on May 9 last year by the way she smiled at him.
He revealed that it is a Malaysian custom if a woman smiles at a man, it is deemed an invitation to follow them.
Rizalman then defecated outside her house and entered her bedroom without trousers or underwear. He then approached her and grabbed her shoulders.
Even though he said he believed in black magic, Rizalman said that he did not try to cast a love spell by defecating outside the womanâ€™s house but maintained that he suffered from diarrhoea and entered the house to clean himself up.
He also admitted to buying cannabis and going to a strip club, but only to listen to the music to release stress.
Rizalman is due to be sentenced next year and Justice Collins said he would hold a discharge without conviction hearing in February, if Rizalman was still applying for that.
The judge has ordered a pre-sentence report and a report to assess Rizalmanâ€™s suitability for home detention, which could be served at the Malaysian High Commission.
Justice Collins asked New Zealandâ€™s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to forward a copy of his decision to the Malaysian High Commission to see if it was willing.