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Voyeur jailed for taking upskirt videos of colleague who felt guilty about reporting him to police

SINGAPORE — A 43-year-old man was jailed for 12 weeks on Thursday (June 24) for persistently filming up women’s skirts last year, including that of a colleague whom he targeted after they had lunch together.

Voyeur jailed for taking upskirt videos of colleague who felt guilty about reporting him to police

A 43-year-old man tried to take 11 upskirt videos of his colleague and other unidentified women around the vicinity of Bukit Purmei in Bukit Merah and other unknown locations between June and July 2020.

  • A man tried to film up the skirt of his colleague.
  • When caught, he told her he had accidentally turned on his mobile phone camera 
  • She later reported him to the police on her friend’s advice
  • She could not sleep from guilt and asked her husband to take upskirt videos of her to check if it was possible
  • The offender had targeted other women on MRT trains and unknown locations

 

SINGAPORE — A 43-year-old man was jailed for 12 weeks on Thursday (June 24) for persistently filming up women’s skirts last year, including that of a colleague whom he targeted after they had lunch together.

She later felt guilty about calling the police and even asked her husband to take upskirt videos of her to check if it was physically possible for the man to have done it.

She worked as an accounts executive at a firm with the man, where he was a trade manager. He was not her direct supervisor but she occasionally approached him to sign documents, the court heard.

The Singaporean man, who pleaded guilty on Thursday to two charges of voyeurism, cannot be named due to a court order to protect the victim’s identity.

He struck between June and July last year, when the circuit breaker period that restricted movement and activities to stem the spread of Covid-19 had just been lifted.

In that period, he tried to take 11 upskirt videos of the victim and other unidentified women around the vicinity of Bukit Purmei in Bukit Merah and other unknown locations. 

Once, he went to the extent of placing his mobile phone in the rubbish bin next to his seat in his office, because he knew the victim would be there for a work discussion.

Some of the incidents took place in MRT trains and other places where the women, who were wearing dresses or skirts, sat directly in front of him. However, he did not manage to properly capture their underwear in the videos.

By the time his colleague, now aged 41, caught him on July 8 last year, he had successfully recorded six upskirt videos of her within the past month.

That afternoon, they had gone for lunch in the Bukit Purmei area. She usually ate with him since they spoke the same language and she felt that she could relate to him better.

At about 1.50pm, they were walking back to their office building when a member of the public shouted at him, having seen him filming up her skirt.

She did not call the police immediately as she trusted him and thought that he was “not a person who would take upskirt videos of her”, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) R Arvindren told the court.

When she asked him to show her his mobile phone, he complied and told her that he had accidentally turned on the camera mode. 

She accepted this explanation since she had done this before herself. He then deleted the video and she noticed that he was shivering.

Shortly afterwards, after her friend advised her to file a police report, she called the police for help and said that she felt unsafe. He was arrested on the same day.

She felt affected by the incident and could not sleep that night from guilt. She also entertained the thought that he might not have intentionally done it and did not wish to break up his family.

During investigations, the man admitted to his offences and said that he had the urge to take upskirt videos “when they dress skimpy”, DPP Arvindren said.

For each voyeurism charge, the man could have been jailed for up to two years, fined or caned, or all of the penalties.

The offence of voyeurism took effect from Jan 1 last year. 

Earlier, those who secretly filmed others were convicted under Section 509 of the Penal Code for insulting a woman’s modesty — a provision that has been repealed.

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