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Murder attempt on Irish school teacher in Brunei

A man has been charged with trying to strangle an Irish schoolteacher with a computer cable at Jerudong International School in Brunei.

Mohamad Zuhairie bin Yunos (21) who works as a security guard at the school, is accused of trying to strangle Michelle Monger (28) at the school's compound on August 22.

Ms Monger works as a biology teacher at the school. She studied at St Mary's University College in Belfast before moving abroad to teach.

The defendant failed to enter a plea for the two charges against him.


The first charge is that he knowingly caused hurt to the 28-year-old schoolteacher by attempting to strangle her with the computer cord.

The second charge is that he had attempted to commit culpable homicide during the incident.

For the second charge, the defendant faces up to 11 years behind bars and a whipping, while he faces a further 10 years' imprisonment and a fine if found guilty of the first charge.

The court has remanded the defendant in custody to allow further investigations to be conducted and medical reports and forensic evidence to be gathered.

The defendant was given 15 minutes with his family before he was taken away to Jerudong Prison. He is expected to appear in front of the chief magistrate again in the coming days.

Jerudong International School, which was established in 1997, is a private international school located close to Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei.

The school is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in South-East Asia.

It is one of the most prestigious private schools in the country and operates on a huge 300 acre complex. It also boasts almost 1,400 students and 150 full-time staff.

It operates as a day and boarding school and caters for boys and girls between the ages of two and 18 years.

Past pupils include members of the Brunei royal family including Prince Abdul Malik.

The school aims to produce students that go on to the Top 25 universities worldwide and students from the renowned school have attended the likes of Oxford University, Harvard University and Cambridge University.