Waiter jailed for filming women in loo

A 23-year-old part-time waiter at Safra Yishun Country Club was sentenced to eight weeks' jail yesterday for trespassing into the female toilet and filming women urinating.

Henry Ng Har Leng, who worked at the club's KTV Partyworld, committed 10 offences - five each of criminal trespass and insulting modesty - over three days in February this year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Krystle Chiang said Ng reported for work early on Feb 10, and sat near the female toilet. A while later, he saw a 23-year-old woman entering the toilet and followed her.

He squatted outside the cubicle occupied by the woman, held his mobile phone near the bottom of the cubicle door and filmed her without her knowledge.

Two days later, he saw a 24-year-old patron leaving KTV Partyworld to use the female toilet, and again followed herto capture a video. But he was caught this time.

The woman saw his shoes and Samsung Note 4 under the cubicle door. She shouted, came out and chased after Ng. She managed to glimpse his work attire as he ran away. The woman then called the police, who arrived and questioned Ng. He eventually confessed and two of his mobile phones were seized.

Ng's lawyer, Ms N. Sudha Nair, said in her written mitigation plea that he had learning difficulties and borderline intelligence.

An Institute of Mental Health psychiatrist diagnosed him with paraphilic disorder - a deviant form of behaviour. He had a history of fetishistic disorder and currently exhibits features of voyeuristic disorder.

Ms Nair said Ng assured the court that he would not repeat his offence, now that he was aware of his condition. She said Ng would undergo treatment to ensure that such deviant behaviour would not recur.

District Judge Mathew Joseph assured Ng that during his time in prison there would be treatment for him, and urged him to continue with his treatment after his release.

Ng could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for insulting the modesty of a woman. For criminal trespass, he could have been jailed for up to three months and/or fined up to $1,500.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2015, with the headline 'Waiter jailed for filming women in loo'. Print Edition | Subscribe