Police clarify claims made by victim filmed in Tampines toilet

SINGAPORE - Police have clarified on Sunday (Dec 30) claims made by Ms Emilia Chong, who was filmed by a man while she was in a toilet cubicle in Tampines on Christmas Day.

The 30-year-old man was arrested for criminal trespass and insulting the modesty of a woman the next day.

In their statement posted on Facebook on Sunday, the authorities responded to two claims that Ms Chong made in her Facebook post on Wednesday about the incident.

Ms Chong had claimed that the man was not immediately arrested by the police. Instead, the police had viewed closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage before doing so.

The authorities clarified that they had detained the man before conducting preliminary investigations, which included reviewing CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses, to establish if the man had committed the alleged offences. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

"These established procedures are to ensure fairness and impartiality towards all parties involved, including the alleged offender," the police said.

In addition, Ms Chong claimed that she was told that the man could be let off with a warning.

The police said that the punishment for perpetrators of such offences could range from a stern warning to prosecution in court, depending on the case. The police officers would not have been able to determine the course of action against the man at the point of arrest, the authorities added in their Facebook post.

These two claims had been clarified with Ms Chong, the police said.

"Anyone found to have committed an offence will be dealt with in accordance with the law," the authorities said.

"At the same time, justice requires us to also consider the rights of the alleged offender, and to take actions of arrest and prosecution only after appropriate investigations have been conducted."