While working as a sales assistant at an athletic apparel store at Takashimaya, he filmed female customers while they were in the changing room.
For his actions, Mohamad Khalis Mohamad Rosli was jailed six weeks’ on Monday (18 February) after admitting to two counts of insulting a woman’s modesty.
The 26-year-old, who is currently unemployed, also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing obscene films. Another four counts of insulting a woman’s modesty and one count of possessing 119 obscene films were taken into consideration for sentencing.
Mobile phone spotted in changing room
Khalis was a retail assistant at the Takashimaya Shopping Centre branch of Lululemon, a Canadian exercise apparel brand, when he committed the offences.
At about 3.45pm on 26 June last year, a 33-year-old woman at the store told Khalis that she was going to try on some clothes before heading into the fitting room.
After about seven minutes, the woman noticed an object at the bottom of the door frame. Upon closer inspection, she realised that it as a black mobile phone with its lens pointed up at her.
When she tapped the hand holding the phone, the person holding it withdrew the phone. She then opened the changing room door and spotted Khalis walking away. The woman then called the police.
More pictures, obscene videos recovered
After Khalis was arrested, a forensic examination was conducted on his mobile phone. Four photos of an unknown woman in a state of undress, taken the day before, were recovered despite Khalis having attempted to delete them before his arrest.
These photos were also found to have been taken while the woman was in the changing room of the same Lululemon store. The woman in the pictures was unaware of the intrusion on her privacy.
During the forensic examination, officers also recovered a total of 119 obscene video files.
Offence not ‘meticulously’ planned: lawyer
The prosecution asked for eight weeks’ jail for Khalis.
Khalis’ lawyer, John Koh of Populus Law, said that his client had not “meticulously” planned the commission of the offence, but that the “idea had occured to him spontaneously”.
“Khalis did not utilise sophisticated methods to carry out the offence. For instance, Khalis did not use any well-disguised pinhole camera devices,” said Koh.
Koh sought a sentence of not more than five weeks for Khalis, whom the lawyer said had pleaded guilty to his offences “at the earliest opportunity”.
For insulting the modesty of any woman, Khalis could have been jailed up to a year, fined, or both, on each count. For possessing obscene films, Khalis could have been fined up to $500 for each film, jailed up to six months, or both.
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