Police NSF took photos of female officers showering

Qayyum 'preyed on' female colleagues, the court heard, and then attempted to destroy the evidence when cornered.
Qayyum 'preyed on' female colleagues, the court heard, and then attempted to destroy the evidence when cornered.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

He gets nine months' jail for offences, stealing a bra and trying to conceal evidence

A police national serviceman tasked with monitoring closed-circuit TV at Tanglin station spotted a female officer entering the locker rooms and told a colleague to cover his duties as he wanted to speak to her.

But instead, he decided to try and take photographs of the 21-year-old showering.

Although Abdul Qayyum Mohd Hashim was not successful on that occasion, he stole her bra which he kept in his locker.

A court heard how the station security officer took three photographs of the woman's back four days earlier while she was showering. He also photographed two other female cops doing so in 2014.

Qayyum, 20, was yesterday jailed for nine months on three charges - perverting the course of justice, insulting the modesty of a woman and attempting to do so.

The DPP said Qayyum's offences were "very brazen" and that he had "preyed upon" the female officers in the police station where they should be entitled to feel safe.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelly Ho told the court how Qayyum took the photos on Jan 22 last year by standing outside the shower cubicle and raising his mobile phone in his hand.

He viewed them for his sexual pleasure "at least twice" in the week that he had them. Qayyum was caught after the victim reported her missing bra on Jan 29.

Footage from a CCTV camera showed Qayyum loitering outside the toilet around the time when the victim was taking her shower.

When Qayyum was told by his superior to stay back after a briefing, he became suspicious and tried to cover his tracks by deleting six photographs on his phone that showed the women showering.

However, they were recovered through the efforts of the Technology Crime Forensic Branch.

The DPP said Qayyum's offences were "very brazen" and that he had "preyed upon" the female officers in the police station where they should be entitled to feel safe.

Eight other charges were taken into consideration in sentencing.

District Judge Lim Keng Yeow said a jail term was necessary in view of the serious aggravating factors.

Qayyum could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined for perverting the course of justice, and up to one year and fined for insulting modesty.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2016, with the headline 'Police NSF took photos of female officers showering'. Print Edition | Subscribe