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4 weeks' jail for voyeur who took upskirt videos, caught visiting NUS law faculty to ‘look at girls’

SINGAPORE — A 33-year-old man was sentenced to four weeks’ jail on Tuesday (April 19) for taking voyeuristic videos of female strangers and possessing more than 200 other obscene videos.

SINGAPORE — A 33-year-old man was sentenced to four weeks’ jail on Tuesday (April 19) for taking voyeuristic videos of female strangers and possessing more than 200 other obscene videos.

Shaun Lio Wenwei, a Singaporean, was nabbed by staff members from the Faculty of Law of National University of Singapore (NUS) when he went there to “look at girls”.

Lio pleaded guilty to two counts of insulting a woman’s modesty and one count of possessing obscene films. Another similar charge was taken into consideration for sentencing.

It’s been quite tough for me. I have changed my behaviour, I know what I did was wrong.
Shaun Lio Wenwei, in arguing for a lighter sentence

The court heard that he took two upskirt videos, both of them seven seconds in length, in October and November 2019. On the first occasion, he was at a bus stop when he noticed a woman wearing a blue skirt standing some distance away.

When her back was turned to him, he walked towards her and aimed his mobile phone under her skirt.

The second incident was at an unknown location and followed a similar pattern.

The identities of the upskirt victims remain unknown.

On the morning of Feb 11, 2020, he went to the Bukit Timah campus of the NUS law faculty. After entering an area meant only for staff members and then trying to leave, he was stopped by a male employee who had not seen him before and did not think he worked there.

When Lio could not explain what he was doing there, the employee took him to the security post. A security officer then called the police.

Police officers arrived and searched his mobile phone, suspecting that he had entered the premises to take voyeuristic videos.

They then discovered several such videos that had been shared with Lio through the Google Drive application. These clips were mainly front-view recordings of women using toilet cubicles, and their private parts were visible in many of them.

The officers then arrested him and seized the phone. They also raided his home the following day and seized his laptop.

They discovered 206 obscene films containing sexual material on his devices. As for the three upskirt videos on his phone, Lio admitted to filming them out of curiosity because he wanted to see what was beneath the victims’ skirts.

The prosecution sought four to seven weeks’ jail, while Lio, who did not have a lawyer, asked for a lighter sentence.

“It’s been quite tough for me. I have changed my behaviour, I know what I did was wrong,” he added.

Those convicted of insulting a woman’s modesty can be jailed for up to a year or fined, or both.

Lio had committed his offences before the offence of voyeurism took effect in 2020. Those convicted of voyeurism can be jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or given any combination of the three.

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