Man jailed 26 weeks for upskirt videos, faced over 400 other charges

Man jailed 26 weeks for taking upskirt videos

Using his spy camera and mobile phone, a man filmed upskirt videos of women in public places and in the female toilet at his workplace more than 400 times over the period of a year.

Raymond Loh Wai Mung, 31, was finally caught in the act when one of his victims, a 25-year-old female colleague, outsmarted him while he was following her into the toilet with his spy camera, which was in the shape of thumbdrive. Loh purchased the spy camera in 2015 for the purpose of taking upskirt videos.

The former research assistant at A*Star Research was on Monday (17 April) sentenced to six months and two weeks’ jail for eight charges of insulting the modesty of various women and committing criminal trespass at his workplace. He also faced 460 other similar charges and for possession of obscene material.

Loh carried out his depraved acts in various public places, including libraries, supermarkets, escalators of an MRT station, public toilets and walkways. A total of 460 upskirt videos and 20 photos were found on Loh’s company desktop, which the police had seized.

The court heard that for the offences committed at his workplace, Loh would follow his female colleagues into the toilet to take videos of them. He would stand outside the cubicles and use the spy camera to take videos through the gap under the door while his victims were in the toilet. 

After filming, Loh  would transfer the files into his company desktop for his viewing pleasure, even naming the videos  after the victims. He also used descriptive names for other files, such as  “big thigh.avi”, “bouncing butt.avi”, “chio girl.avi”, “nice ass.avi” and “pee.avi”.

His sordid deeds came to light in January last year when Loh’s plan to film a female colleague backfired. The female colleague noticed Loh loitering outside the female toilet on 25 January 2016 and became wary as she had noticed someone lurking outside her cubicle stall while she was using the toilet on previous occasions.

This time, instead of entering the cubicle, the female colleague slammed the cubicle door shut while remaining outside. She saw Loh enter the female toilet shortly after. However, Loh gave the excu se that he had entered the female toilet by mistake and left.

She reported the matter to the management the next day. Footage from the CCTV located outside the female toilet showed that Loh had followed the female colleague on six separate occasions. Loh had also preyed on three other female colleagues in 2015.

According to court documents, Loh destroyed the spy camera by smashing and disposing it after he was caught by his female colleague.

District Judge Dorothy Ling cited several aggravating factors in Loh’s case, including how he had “preyed” on his victims. “He bought the spy camera, followed his victims and traced their movements… There was a danger of the videos being circulated as he uploaded them on his company desktop,” said DJ Ling.

For insulting the modesty of a woman, Loh could have been jailed up to a year and/or fined. For criminal trespass, he could have been jailed up to three months and/or fined up to $1,500.