M'sian aide accused of sexual assault not returning to NZ yet

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​There are still no signs that the defence staff assistant accused of sexually assaulting a New Zealand woman will be returning to New Zealand soon.

A source told Malaysian daily The Star that Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, 38, was still receiving psychological evaluation. 

He said: "To date, there is no new development to the case. He is still getting psychiatric treatment. Once that has been completed, we will decide the next course of action."

This statement comes a day after the woman, 21-year-old Tania Billingsley, who spoke for the first time since the assault, expressed disappointment that Rizalman was sent back to Malaysia.

On May 9, Rizalman allegedly followed Ms Billingsley and attempted to rape her in her home in Brooklyn, Wellington.

On July 2, the Malaysian government made it clear that they will send Rizalman to New Zealand to assist in the investigation.

Source: The Star

Photo: Channel 3 News