20 weeks' jail over upskirt videos of young girls

A 28-year-old man took a video of a young girl's underwear at the baby product section of a supermarket in April last year, a court heard.

The eight-year-old had been sitting in a shopping cart with her legs parted. A shopper sensed something amiss and raised the alarm.

The man, Wong Jia Wei, was detained by a security guard. Police later found many other upskirt videos of unknown young girls in his mobile phone.

Yesterday, Wong, a Malaysian, was jailed for 20 weeks. He pleaded guilty to 10 out of 18 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman.

The remaining counts, along with one charge each of having an obscene film and having a film without a valid certificate, were taken into consideration in sentencing.

The court heard that since 2012, Wong would record upskirt videos whenever he got the chance.

Said Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz: "Wong revealed that he had taken numerous upskirt videos of young Chinese girls between six and 10 years of age when he chanced upon them sitting in a manner that inadvertently exposed their panties... he has been taking upskirt videos since 2012."

The court heard that since 2012, Wong would record upskirt videos whenever he got the chance.

He would cover the screen of his Sony Xperia phone with a phone cover while filming.

On June 30, 2013, Wong took an upskirt video of a girl who was with her family in the Bugis Village area.

On Sept 15, 2013, he recorded an upskirt video of a girl outside the Starbucks outlet in Bugis Junction.

The next year, on April 12, 2014, Wong did the same thing to a girl at Serangoon Public Library.

A month later, on May 10, he took an upskirt video of a girl who was with her mother on a public bus.

He also filmed girls sitting in shopping trolleys at FairPrice outlets. He took an upskirt video at Bedok Mall on Dec 15, 2013; another at Ang Mo Kio Hub on Jan 26 last year; and yet another at Nex on March 27 last year.

Amir Hussain

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2016, with the headline '20 weeks' jail over upskirt videos of young girls'. Print Edition | Subscribe