Engineer jailed for filming upskirt videos at supermarket

Wan Ting Koh
(Photo: Yahoo Singapore/Safhras Khan)

An engineer was jailed eight weeks on Monday (15 May) for taking upskirt videos of three women at an NTUC Fairprice supermarket in Toa Payoh HDB Hub.

Darren Ng Jun Yang, 26, pleaded guilty to three charges of insulting the modesty of the women. Four other similar charges were taken into consideration.

Investigations revealed that Ng committed the acts on the evening on 14 July 2015 while shopping in the supermarket. When he was at the poultry section, Ng saw a woman wearing a white top and floral skirt and it was then that he thought of taking an upskirt video of her.

He switched on the video recording mode of his mobile phone and placed it between the woman’s thighs from behind. He managed to capture her thighs and underwear.

Barely half an hour later, while at the chips section of the supermarket, Ng set eyes on another woman in a white printed skirt. He approached her and squatted down beside her. Ng then placed the phone, which was on recording mode, between the woman’s thighs.

He approached a third woman in a pink skirt and black top while still at the chips section and did the same act for the third time within an hour.

After this recording, Ng went to pay for his items and was confronted by a man near the lift of the supermarket. The man claimed that he saw Ng taking upskirt videos and informed a security guard of the supermarket.

In mitigation, Ng’s lawyer Mathew Kurian said that Ng’s acts were motivated by rage and anger at a past relationship rather than sexual desire. He asked for three weeks’ jail for his client.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Houston Johannus, however, asked for four weeks per charge, saying that Ng had used technology for his perverse gains.

Ng could have been jailed or up to a year and/or fined on each charge.