Male nurse who filmed colleague showering in hospital jailed for 9 weeks

The accused had tried to angle his phone to get a "better view" of the victim.
The accused had tried to angle his phone to get a "better view" of the victim.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A nurse who filmed his female colleague showering in a unisex staff toilet at a hospital has been sentenced to jail for nine weeks.

Tony Siok Yi Tao, 26, had filmed the nurse when he was alone with her in the changing room on July 15 this year .

He was sentenced on Friday (Oct 30) after pleading guilty to one voyeurism charge, with another similar charge taken into account during sentencing.

The hospital cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim's identity.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Stephanie Koh told the court that the incident had happened at about 1.50pm, and Siok knew the identity of his victim before he filmed her.

He had entered the changing room while the victim was showering and asked another colleague who was in the shower, she said.

"After the colleague left the changing room and realising that he was alone (with the victim), the accused took the opportunity to hold the mobile phone in the victim's cubicle, intending to take a video of her showering," said DPP Koh.

He was trying to angle his phone for "better view" of the victim when she spotted the phone and shouted.

The victim subsequently used her clothes to cover the gap between the cubicle door and floor, and messaged a female colleague, who told her that only Siok was in the changing room at the time.

Siok fled the changing room, but returned to "admit his wrongdoing to the victim as he felt guilty", said DPP Koh.

He deleted the video before he approached the victim to apologise, and he assured her that he did not "capture anything", said DPP Koh, even though he had captured a short video clip of the victim's left shoulder, left thigh and her covering her chest and groin with her arms.

Siok admitted during investigations that he had also committed a similar act in December last year. Court documents did not state the identity of the victim.

In mitigation, Siok, who was unrepresented, said when he told the victim he had not filmed anything, it was a "white lie" as he did not want to cause the victim further harm.

"If I had wanted to shirk responsibility, I would not have admitted my wrongdoing," said Siok.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, the hospital said Siok's employment has been terminated, and it will continue to support the victim.

For his act of voyeurism, Siok could have been jailed for up to two years, fined and caned.