Upskirt offender jailed for four weeks

Suspecting that a man had taken an upskirt video of her in a lift, a woman reported him to the police even though she did not find any video of herself in his mobile phone, a court heard.

But that day, Dec 25, 2015, police found two upskirt videos of unknown women in Ling Lian Yew's iPhone. These were taken on Oct 2 and Nov 3 the same year.

Yesterday, the 49-year-old unemployed man was jailed for four weeks after admitting to two charges of insulting the modesty of women.

Investigations showed that at about midnight that Christmas Day, the 23-year-old informant entered the lift on the ground floor of an HDB block in Bedok Reservoir Road to go home. When the lift stopped on the fifth floor, Ling entered and stood behind her.

The informant then heard a sound of a video being recorded. She turned around and saw Ling with his iPhone. She asked what he was doing and he replied that his phone was out of order.

She later found Ling's home, where she told Ling's parents what had happened. When he returned, she took his iPhone to check for upskirt videos of herself but could not find any. She then took his phone to lodge a report at the Bedok North Neighbourhood Police Centre.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Star Chen Xinhui sought a four-week sentence per charge, saying general deterrence is the predominant sentencing position for such offences involving upskirt videos. Ling's pro bono lawyer Melvin Loh said he has been treated at the Institute of Mental Health for 10 years for schizophrenia, and he was remorseful. He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for each charge.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'Upskirt offender jailed for four weeks'. Print Edition | Subscribe