Rizalman says stress led to negative assessments

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  • Monday, 07 Dec 2015

PETALING JAYA: Former second warrant officer Mohammed Rizalman Ismail (pic) claims that corrupt seniors and a culture of blaming underlings had caused him stress which eventually led to negative assessments of him, the New Zealand Herald reports.

The new information released by the New Zealand court on Monday was from an expert report into Rizalman's mental fitness conducted by University of Auckland professor of psychiatry Graham Mellsop in November.

When he was asked by Mellsop about another 2014 report by the Malaysian Army medical team which raised some negative traits, Rizlaman responded that it “contained those negative things (about him) because it was the Malaysian way to always blame their underlings”.

The 2014 report found proof of drug use and excessive smoking.

Rizalman’s former colleagues had also given negative reports of his behaviour.

The 39-year-old has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a 21-year-old woman at her flat in May 2014. However, Rizalman is disputing certain aspects of the charge against him.

The case has unearthed very unusual details, including public defecation outside the woman’s home and use of cannabis by the accused.

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