Polytechnic student guilty of taking over 170 upskirt photos, videos of women

SINGAPORE - An 18-year-old polytechnic student was convicted today for taking more than 170 upskirt photos and videos of women.

A total of 173 photos and six videos were found in Clemence Koh's mobile phone and laptop. The offences date as far back as Dec 17 last year.

Koh would approach his victims in an attempt to take photos from underneath their dresses or would squat down to take them if he felt it was safe to do so.

He took these photos and videos in public places such as Daiso outlets and Popular bookstores.

His actions went undetected until Jan 30 this year, when he tried to film a woman from the cubicle of a public female toilet.

Koh went to the third floor ladies' toilet at Pearl Centre, entered the second cubicle and switched on the camera function of his phone.

After the victim entered the cubicle next to him, Koh slid his handphone under the cubicle partition and attempted to take a photo.

The victim spotted the phone, shouted and left the toilet. She immediately called the police.

Koh was arrested when the police arrived.

In mitigation, Koh's lawyer said it was his first brush with the law and that he was remorseful. He also said that Koh was a good student and had the potential to reform.

He was charged with 62 counts of insulting the modesty of the women he filmed. Six of the charges were proceeded with.

He will be sentenced on July 6.

For each charge, he could be jailed for up to one year, fined or both.

miranday@sph.com.sg