Bangladeshi jailed 5 months for threat to send ex-lover's sex videos to family and friends

A Bangladeshi national was sentenced to five months' jail after admitting to threatening a woman between March 27 and April 4 this year.
A Bangladeshi national was sentenced to five months' jail after admitting to threatening a woman between March 27 and April 4 this year.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A Bangladeshi national filmed himself having sex with a married Singaporean woman, then threatened to send the explicit video clip to her friends and family. 

On Tuesday (May 24), the 42-year-old man was sentenced to five months' jail after admitting to threatening the woman, aged 38, between March 27 and April 4 this year. He was initially scheduled to go for trial but changed his mind and pleaded guilty on Monday (May 23). Neither he nor the complainant can be named due to a gag order.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ryan David Lim said the pair were in an intermittent relationship from around 2007 to 2013. They broke up in 2014 and he returned to Bangladesh.

He returned in early 2015 and tried to resume their relationship but she refused.

He told her he had multiple video clips of them having sex and the contact details of her family and neighbours. He sent her screenshots of the details to substantiate his claims.

He told her that they would have to meet before he would allow her to delete the video clips from his mobile phone.

The complainant had sex with him multiple times to try to have the video clips deleted. But the accused had saved several copies of the clips and the complainant was unable to delete all of them.

On Jan 28, 2016, while they were having sex, he filmed a video clip of the act without her knowledge, using his mobile phone.

From March 28 to April 6, as the complainant began ignoring him, he sent several messages to her over the WhatsApp messaging service, threatening to send the video clip to her friends and family.

On April 6, after the complainant did not reply to his messages, her husband and daughter each received a copy of the video clip from the accused's mobile phone.

When her daughter received it, she screamed from her room and shouted at her mother to tell the accused to stop disturbing her. The daughter then retrieved the phone belonging to her father and deleted the video clip that the accused had sent.

The accused could have been jailed for up to two years and fined for criminal intimidation.