Man given six weeks' jail for showing porn video to children in Sembawang Park

SINGAPORE - A boy and girl were walking around Sembawang Park while on a camping trip with friends and family, when they noticed a man following them around.

Basar Abdul tried to befriend them, then went on to show the 12-year-olds a pornographic video on his mobile phone.

On Monday (May 28) the 30-year-old Bangladeshi national was sentenced to six weeks' jail on two counts of exhibiting an obscene video to a person under the age of 21. His victims cannot be named due to a gag order.

The court heard that the youngsters had been walking around with the boy's siblings just after midnight on April 29 when they noticed Basar following them.

They confronted him and told him that they did not want to befriend a stranger but Basar continued to pester them, following them to a playground.

He asked the girl where she lived and tried to shake her hand. Later he asked her if she wanted to watch a movie, before showing her the porn video and resting his head on her shoulder. He then showed the video to the boy.

The group of children promptly left and told the boy's father about what had happened. He father searched for Basar and confronted him. He demanded to check Basar's phone and found a pornographic video on it. He then called the police, who arrested Basar.

In court, Basar pleaded through an interpreter: "I'm very sorry, I made a mistake. I promise I'll never commit any offence in the future . Please give me a chance."

But District Judge Ng Peng Hong called Basar "highly culpable" in his attempts to "influence other people into pornographic material".

Basar's sentence will be backdated to April 30. For every count of exhibiting obscene material to someone under the age of 21, he could have faced up to one year in jail, or fined or both.