Singapore

Employer jailed 12 weeks for filming maid in the bathroom

Employer jailed 12 weeks for filming maid in the bathroom
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Published: 7:30 PM, May 15, 2017
Updated: 12:05 AM, May 16, 2017

SINGAPORE — Over the span of five days last year, Paul Kwan watched out for when his domestic helper went to bed, because that was his cue to retrieve secret recordings of her in the bathroom.

The 52-year-old Canadian succeeded on three occasions, secretly filming the 28-year-old using the bathroom and taking a shower.

oOn Monday (May 15), Kwan was sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail, after he pleaded guilty to two charges of insulting the modesty of the 28-year-old Indonesian woman.

The court heard that Kwan bought a miniature video camera in Canada and brought it to Singapore. He used blu-tack to mount the camera on the wall, near the bottom of a shelf in the toilet, which only the maid used. He used a window scraper to hide the camera from sight.

Kwan would leave the camera on recording mode. After his victim had gone to bed, he would retrieve the footage, downloading them into his external hard disk. After that, he would place the camera back at the same spot.

On July 28, July 29 and Aug 1, the maid was filmed. She discovered the camera on Aug 1, while she was cleaning the toilet. She removed the camera, packed her belongings and sought help from her agent. A police report was lodged the same day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chew Xin Ying said Kwan had preyed on his victim when there was no one else at home. Kwan’s son was due to return home on Aug 2 from an overseas trip.

For insulting the modesty of a woman, Kwan could have been jailed up to 18 months for each charge, and fined.