Malaysian diplomat convicted of indecent assault, Muhammed Rizalman, deported

Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail after his appearance at the Wellington District Court. Photo /   Mark Mitchell
Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail after his appearance at the Wellington District Court. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The Malaysian diplomat convicted of indecently assaulting a Wellington woman has been deported after finishing his sentence, police confirmed.

Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2015 just before his trial was set to begin and was sentenced to nine months' home detention on February 4 this year.

The sentence ended yesterday.

Today a police spokeswoman confirmed he was escorted from Wellington to Kuala Lumpur by two New Zealand police officers last night.

A spokesman for Justice Minister Amy Adams said Adams issued a removal order to send Rizalman back to Malaysia under the Extradition Act.

On May 9, 2014 Rizalman entered a young woman's bedroom with his pants and underwear down.

He was charged over the incident, but left New Zealand before further court proceedings began.

After public backlash, Rizalman was extradited to New Zealand on October 24, 2014.

He pleaded guilty on the grounds he was indecent because he was naked from the waist down. However, Rizalman argued he had no sexual motive.

The victim, Tania Billingsley​, waived her right to privacy to speak out about the traumatising experience, calling it the "most horrible moment" of her life.

It is believed Rizalman spotted Billingsley outside a Wellington dairy and followed her home before pooing outside and walking into her unlocked house.

In an interview with TV3's 3rd Degree, Billingsley​ said Rizalman knocked on her bedroom door before she, thinking he was a flatmate, told him to enter.

Billingsley tried to force Rizalman out of her house, before running to the bathroom and locking herself in and calling the police.

Rizalman said he wanted to ask Billingsley where the bathroom was, but did not have the chance to do so.

Rizalman also alleged he wanted to befriend the 21-year-old and talk to her about his problems.

He admitted to defecating outside her Brooklyn house, but his reason for doing so was disputed in court.

Rizalman said in the 30-40 minutes he waited outside Billingsley's house he had a bathroom emergency.

However, the Crown argued he believed in black magic and was attempting to put a spell on Billingsley to make her fall in love with him.

Rizalman initially tried to stay charges against him, his lawyer arguing the trial would be unfair because of the way Rizalman had been portrayed in the media.

He also filed an appeal against the home detention sentence in March 2016.

- NZ Herald

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