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New Zealand : Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman appealing sentence

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Mar 7th, 2016
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Former military attache at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, Muhammad Rizalman

Former military attache at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, Muhammad Rizalman

Wellington,New Zealand ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The Malaysian diplomatic staffer who indecently assaulted a Wellington woman after following her home is appealing his home detention sentence.

The Court of Appeal has confirmed Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail, 39, is appealing the nine months’ home detention he received for the sexually motivated attack on Tania Billingsley in May 2014.

The appeal was filed last week and no hearing date has been set.

Rizalman followed Ms Billingsley home, defecated near her front door before removing his pants and indecently assaulting her.

Rizalman pleaded guilty late last year to one charge of indecent assault and he was sentenced last month.

He is allowed to live at the address he had rented while he was a defence attaché and the Malaysian High Commission continues to pay his salary. He will be deported following completion of his sentence.

Rizalman’s case caused controversy after it was revealed he was allowed to return to Malaysia following a blunder by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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