Married father jailed for taking upskirt videos with camera hidden in shoe

Chua Kar Gee was jailed for 16 weeks for taking upskirt pictures.
Chua Kar Gee was jailed for 16 weeks for taking upskirt pictures.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - In less than three hours, a 38-year-old renovation contractor took upskirt pictures of 21 women with a pinhole camera attached to his right shoe.

Chua Kar Gee followed his victims at Bugis Village on Dec 31 last year and took pictures of their underwear.

Police officers patrolling the area saw him looking suspiciously at women who walked past him at a bus stop.

They tailed him and saw him follow a woman closely, then slide his right leg between her legs before walking away.

They arrested him at Bugis MRT station. He was found with a a pinhole camera attached to his right shoe. It was attached to a mini video camera hidden in his sock.

On Tuesday, Chua, who is married with two young children, was jailed for 16 weeks after admitting five of 21 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman.

Investigations found Chua had filmed videos of several women's inner thighs and underwear from beneath their skirts that afternoon.

He admitted that he had previously taken upskirt photographs on two previous and separate occasions before that day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Senthilkumaram Sabapathy, who sought a sentence of eight to 12 weeks' jail on each charge, said the offences were pre-meditated and planned.

Quoting a Straits Times report in June, he said police statistics showed a clear increase of insulting of modesty cases - from 571 in 2013 to 629 last year.

"This category of upskirt offences is a genuine menace," he said.

District Judge Wong Choon Ning said she believed that there had been an increase of such offences as she had seen more of them in court.

Chua could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined on each charge.