Man jailed for 30 weeks for taking upskirt videos

Chang Sean Der, 29, admitted to 15 counts of insulting the modesty of a woman between September and November last year.
Chang Sean Der, 29, admitted to 15 counts of insulting the modesty of a woman between September and November last year.ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian man who took a total of 76 upskirt videos of unknown women over two months was jailed for 30 weeks on Friday (May 26).

Chang Sean Der, 29, who is unemployed, admitted to 15 counts of insulting the modesty of a woman between September and November last year. The remaining 61 charges were taken into consideration during his sentencing.

The offences took place at SGX Centre in Shenton Way and Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

The court heard that the complainant, a 30-year-old man, was making his way to Tanjong Pagar MRT station on Nov 21 last year when he saw Chang walking in an awkward manner.

Chang was walking closely behind an unknown woman and was also bending down.

After some time, Chang left and went to the escalator where he was seen standing behind a woman and holding his cellphone with the camera facing upwards.

The complainant followed Chang and later spotted him again walking awkwardly behind a third woman up a flight of stairs.

He approached Chang and asked to look at his mobile phone.

When Chang began fiddling with his phone, the complainant snatched it away and took him to the MRT control station. The police were called in and they arrested him for taking upskirt videos.

Investigations revealed there were 76 upskirt videos on his mobile phone. The videos were taken from Sept 17 to Nov 21 last year, and found in a hidden folder.

Chang said that he took the upskirt videos as he was curious to know the colour and pattern of the victims' underwear. He kept them for his own viewing pleasure.

Chang's lawyer Nicholas Narayanan said his client, who holds a master's degree from Britain in finance, is remorseful and wants to move on.

He said Chang, who moved to Singapore to work in April last year, had problems adjusting to living in Singapore, and was experiencing work stress from the pressures of his new work environment.

He said his client had changed for the better since the offences, and has been more attentive towards his family. His wife is expecting their first child later this year.

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