Man jailed for filming female flatmate in shower

An accountant who filmed his female flatmate showering in a condominium bathroom six times last year was jailed for 16 weeks yesterday.

Shee Wee Hong, 41, an Australian and Singapore permanent resident who was unemployed at the time, admitted three of six charges of intruding upon the privacy of the 30-year-old Chinese national at the Upper Changi Road condominium.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai Yi Shin said the offences came to light when the woman called the police on Dec 22 last year, stating that she saw someone taking a video or photo of her.

She later told police that the device she saw was a white iPhone.

Shee denied having placed any mobile phone near the bathroom when interviewed by the police, who noticed that his white iPhone was plugged into his laptop.

No video or photo of the victim was found.

However, investigations showed that he had used the iPhone to record her bathing six times.

DPP Lai said Shee would first wait for the light of the common bathroom to be turned on. He would put his hand through the window opening to film her, then upload the video onto his laptop for personal viewing.

The court heard that on Dec 22, after learning that the victim had called the police, Shee deleted the videos.

His lawyer, Mr Lam Wai Seng, said Shee was remorseful and accepts that he had done wrong.

District Judge Kamala Ponnampalam said the recordings were not simply "upskirt videos" but involved full nudity. "It was an invasion of her privacy in the sanctity of her own home," she said.

Shee, who committed the six offences between April and December last year, could have been jailed for up to one year and/fined for each charge of insulting the modesty of a woman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2016, with the headline 'Man jailed for filming female flatmate in shower'. Print Edition | Subscribe