Peeping Tom jailed for criminal trespass and insulting woman's modesty

G. Raj Kumar, 26, trespassed into a female toilet and insulted the modesty of a woman. He was jailed for five weeks on Wednesday (Oct 19).
G. Raj Kumar, 26, trespassed into a female toilet and insulted the modesty of a woman. He was jailed for five weeks on Wednesday (Oct 19).PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - An unemployed man who trespassed into a female toilet and insulted the modesty of a woman was jailed for five weeks on Wednesday (Oct 19).

G. Raj Kumar, 26, admitted to entering the female toilet and intruding into the privacy of a 32-year-old woman at Holland Village Hawker Centre in Holland Avenue at about 11.40pm on July 15, 2015.

He also admitted to entering into a vacant house at East Sussex Lane without any satisfactory excuse at about 11pm on Nov 26, 2015 in a separate case. He was fined $500.

District Judge Crystal Ong imposed an additional four days' jail on Raj Kumar, who committed the July offences while a remission order was still in force.

He had been given six months' jail in January 2015 for two counts of mischief by fire. He was released on remission on May 20 the same year. But four days before the remission period ended, he committed the criminal trespass and insulting modesty offences.

Investigations showed that for the intrusion of privacy case, the 32-year-old female victim was with her friends at Holland Village Hawker Centre. At one point, she was using the toilet when she heard a click sound, as if someone was taking a photograph of her, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Michael Quilindo.

She looked up and saw a black mobile phone at the top of the cubicle next to her. She went out and knocked on the neighbouring cubicle door immediately.

Shortly later, Raj Kumar opened the door. Asked why he was there, he claimed that he was "puking".

She asked for his mobile phone. The phone was analysed but no image or video related to the case was uncovered.

In the other case, a 35-year-old woman reported to the police on Nov 27, 2015, that she was unsure if she had been a victim of sexual assault.

Investigations showed that she and Raj Kumar had met by chance near Holland Village the previous night, and chatted for a while.

She was intoxicated. Raj Kumar led her to a vacant house at East Sussex Lane where they had sex. The woman blacked out.

The next morning, she woke up and saw Raj Kumar nearby half-naked. She panicked and ran out of the house.

Raj Kumar, whose sentence was backdated to Sept 21, 2016, had a conviction for sexually penetrating a minor in 2012.

He could have been jailed for up to three months and/or fined up to $500 for criminal trespass. For insulting a woman's modesty, the maximum penalty is one year's jail and a fine, and for wilful trespass, a $1,000 fine.