Jailed for filming woman in shower

34-year-old gets four weeks for offence in flat they shared

A man who filmed a woman in the shower was jailed for four weeks yesterday after he admitted intruding into her privacy.

Malaysian Danny Chong Kin Nam, 34, had denied filming the woman in the toilet of a flat they shared, when confronted by the victim on Oct 26 last year.

He allowed the 20-year-old woman to check his cellphone and laptop, but she could not find any related video recording.

Still troubled over the matter, the woman decided to call the police the next day.

Police seized Chong's cellphone and sent it for forensic examination.

Two video recordings of the victim showering in the bathroom - taken on Oct 26 at 10.35pm and 10.36pm - were found.

The forensic examination further revealed a similar video recording taken on Oct 17. This charge was taken into consideration during sentencing.

The court heard that the victim had entered the kitchen toilet of the Housing Board flat on the evening of Oct 26 to take a shower.

After removing her clothes and while washing her face, she noticed a silver Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone placed on a glass window panel above the bathroom door.

She screamed and then opened the door to do a check, but found no one outside.

She later confronted Chong to ask if he had taken a video recording of her in the kitchen toilet. He denied it.

His lawyer Ravinderpal Singh said in mitigation that his client was apologetic for his actions. He said Chong was under a lot of stress from work and from servicing debts, owing over RM150,000 (S$48,300) in Malaysia and another $9,000 in credit card debts in Singapore.

The lawyer said this had, in all, been a traumatic experience for Chong, who hoped to close this chapter of his life and move on. Chong had lost his job in the information technology sector.

He could have been jailed for up to a year and/or fined for intruding into the privacy of a woman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2017, with the headline 'Jailed for filming woman in shower'. Print Edition | Subscribe