Jail for cabby who filmed upskirt video of passenger

A taxi driver who took an upskirt video of a passenger after she fell asleep in the back of his cab was sentenced to four months' jail yesterday.

Tan Swee Pheng, 60, admitted filming the woman with his mobile phone on Sept 28 this year. He is appealing against his sentence, and bail of $20,000 was allowed.

The court heard that the woman boarded Tan's Comfort taxi in Bedok and directed him to UOB Plaza at Raffles Place before nodding off. About 15 minutes later, he was driving along Central Boulevard when she woke up.

The woman was shocked to see his left hand stretched out behind him, with his mobile phone filming beneath her skirt. She shouted at him, and he immediately apologised and pleaded with her not to make a police report. He deleted the video in her presence.

Nevertheless, the woman was angry and felt that her modesty was insulted. She lodged a police report that evening.

Tan, the court heard, did it out of lust and wanted to look at the woman's thighs.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Crystal Tan sought a deterrent sentence. She said Tan, a public transport worker, had abused the trust placed in him by his passengers. She added that the use of technology is a recognised aggravating factor, due to the risk of videos being circulated.

District Judge Ronald Gwee said passengers are entitled to feel safe while riding in taxis, and should never have to worry about their privacy being intruded upon.

Tan, who is no longer driving a taxi, could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for insulting the modesty of a woman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2015, with the headline 'Jail for cabby who filmed upskirt video of passenger'. Print Edition | Subscribe