Former bank executive fined $6,000 for filming upskirt video at Marina Bay Link Mall

Former senior bank executive Yuen Kum Fai, 45, who was convicted of filming an upskirt video of a woman, was fined $6,000 on Friday. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Former senior bank executive Yuen Kum Fai, 45, who was convicted of filming an upskirt video of a woman, was fined $6,000 on Friday. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A former senior bank executive who was convicted of filming an upskirt video of a woman was fined $6,000 on Friday (July 31).

Yuen Kum Fai, 45, was found guilty in June after a three-day trial of insulting the modesty of a 27-year-old woman at the escalator of Marina Bay Link mall at Marina Boulevard on Dec 9, 2013.

During the trial, the court heard Yuen, then global head of personal banking and preferred banking at Standard Chartered Bank, was on his way to work when he used his mobile phone to capture an upskirt video of the woman.

The victim's colleague, who was several steps behind Yuen on the escalator, had seen him holding the camera phone below the victim's buttock and even tilting the phone subsequently. He alerted security officers.

Yuen, defended by Mr Amarjit Singh Sidhu and Mr Javern Sim, had said in his defence that he was taking a random video and intended to screen-grab pictures of women's clothes for an intended shopping trip to Malaysia.

The prosecution sought a fine of $6,000 to $8,000 .

District Judge John Ng who fined Yuen $6,000 said he was guided by the judgment of Justice Chan Seng Onn in a similar case.

Mr Singh, too, had relied on the same judgment in his mitigation plea. He said there were no aggravating factors, low intrusion and no multiple victims in this case.

Yuen was cleared of two other similar stood-down charges which were withdrawn.

Outside the courtroom, Yuen appeared relieved and hugged his relatives and lawyer.

The maximum penalty for insulting the modesty of a woman is one year's jail and a fine.