Three who took indecent videos of women sentenced to jail

One of the three culprits was Fabian Lee Yang Minn, 29, who was sentenced to five weeks' jail for taking an upskirt video.
One of the three culprits was Fabian Lee Yang Minn, 29, who was sentenced to five weeks' jail for taking an upskirt video.

Two men who took upskirt videos of women and another who filmed a co-tenant showering have been put behind bars.

Malaysian Thuraikumeren Subramaniam, 31, was jailed for eight weeks yesterday after admitting to filming a 25-year-old woman in the bathroom of a flat in Pasir Ris on March 4 this year.

Thuraikumeren had placed his cellphone behind some toiletries at the back of the shower rack and set it to video-recording mode before leaving the bathroom.

A few minutes later, his female co-tenant entered to shower, unaware that his cellphone was hidden in there.

Thuraikumeren later retrieved his cellphone and viewed the recording of the victim bathing.

The woman's 22-year-old roommate reported to the police that evening that Thuraikumeren had peeped at her while she was showering. The 25-year-old victim also made a police report that he had tried to peep at her while she was in the shower.

Police interviewed him the next day, checked his cellphone and found had a video recording of the victim showering.

His lawyer, Mr Louis Joseph, said that his client, an airport worker who is married with no children, deeply regretted his offence.

In the same court yesterday, trainee manager Fabian Lee Yang Minn, 29, was sentenced to five weeks' jail for taking an upskirt video of a 26-year-old bank officer on the escalator at Hougang MRT station on March 7.

He had stood directly behind her and placed his cellphone on recording mode between her legs.

The woman felt uneasy as Lee was standing very close to her. She then turned around and saw the mobile phone directly under her skirt. She detained him and called the police.

Lee, who had three other similar charges taken into consideration, was allowed to defer sentence until Jan 4. He is out on $15,000 bail.

In another case, Turkish assistant project manager Ekame Ferhat, 34, was jailed for two weeks after admitting to one of two charges of taking an upskirt video of a 19-year-old woman on the escalator between Raffles Place MRT station and UOB Plaza on June 22.

He had placed his cellphone on his knee with the camera facing upwards and pointing at the victim's skirt.

He was caught by a member of the public who alerted the girl. She checked Ferhat's phone and found he had taken an upskirt video of her, which she promptly deleted.

Another upskirt video of an unidentified woman on board a train was found in his phone. The court heard that he had been recording upskirt videos of women on trains or near train stations for two to three months before his arrest.

The maximum penalty for insult of modesty is one year's jail and a fine.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline 'Three who took indecent videos of women sentenced to jail'. Print Edition | Subscribe