12 months’ jail for Malaysian who took 203 upskirt videos

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SINGAPORE: A Malaysian chef has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for taking upskirt videos of women here.

Police found 203 upskirt video clips in his mobile phone.

On May 4, Thian Kit Siong pleaded guilty to 37 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman. The 12 months’ jail sentence is one of the longest sentences meted out to such offenders, according to a Straits Times (ST) report.

The maximum punishment for insulting modesty is jail of one year and a fine on each charge.

The ST said 99 other charges were considered during his sentencing.

The court was told that Thian, 33, had been taking videos of unsuspecting women at a shopping centre, where he worked, and at City Hall MRT station.

The ST reported deputy public posecutor Jasmine Chin-Sabado as saying Thian would usually head to the basement one of the shopping centres and look for young women in skirts. After identifying his victim and ensuring that no one was watching him, he would switch his phone to video mode and either stand beside or behind his victim.

The ST reported that he would turn his mobile phone upside down such that the camera lens was facing upwards, place it between their legs and film them.

While doing this, the report said, he would pretend to be browsing the goods on display so that he could carry out the filming discreetly and avoid detection.

His luck ran out on June 14 last year when a woman, who was with her husband at the supermarket, felt something touch her leg. She saw Thian squatting and selecting two boxes of cereal from a display rack. She became suspicious when she saw him holding a phone in his right hand.

The ST report said she walked away and began to observe him. That’s when she saw Thian following other women in the supermarket.

She told her husband and they confronted him. Thian ignored them and the couple chased after him. That was when an off-duty police officer, seeing that something was wrong, approached them and identified himself.

When he checked Thian’s mobile phone, he found many upskirt videos. Thian was then arrested, said the ST report.