Marketing manager jailed 18 weeks for upskirt videos

Lau Sheung Hung, 50, pleaded guilty on Monday to 10 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman.
Lau Sheung Hung, 50, pleaded guilty on Monday to 10 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman. PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A marketing manager who spent his lunch hour at a supermarket taking upskirt videos of women has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Lau Sheung Hung, 50 - also known as Lau Sheung Hung Eumig - a Singapore permanent resident, pleaded guilty on Monday to 10 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman at NTUC FairPrice supermarket at Rochor Road between 1.15pm and 1.45pm on April 17, 2014.

Another 64 similar charges were taken into consideration during sentencing.

The court heard that a 24-year-old woman was browsing at the fruit section of the supermarket that day when she sensed that someone was behind her.

When she turned around, she saw Lau squatting on the floor with his back facing her.

He was holding his mobile phone with the in-built camera facing upwards in the direction underneath her skirt.

She called out to her two friends who were nearby and they confronted Lau.

The victim grabbed his shirt by the collar to prevent him from running away. Supermarket staff were alerted and Lau was later detained.

Police seized his Nokia mobile phone, a Blackberry phone and a cash card.

Forensic analysis on his Nokia phone revealed 22 video files featuring upskirt camera footage he had taken on various occasions from April 9 to 17 that year.

The footage pertaining to the victim was saved in a video file lasting about 30 minutes. It included footage of nine other unknown women at the supermarket.

In another court on Tuesday, jobless Tan Guo Hui, 26, was jailed for two weeks for taking an upskirt video of a 22-year-old woman on an escalator going up to the second floor of Clifford Centre, Raffles Place, on April 10 this year.

A man saw what he did and told the woman, and both detained Tan.

Two other similar charges were taken into consideration.

Tan's lawyer said his client, an Singapore Management University economics and finance graduate, was on the Dean's List. He said Tan, who was formerly working at SMRT as an executive, committed the offence impulsively due to "work stress related depression".

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