Man who took two upskirt videos of woman at Woodlands Checkpoint jailed

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
Woodlands Checkpoint (Yahoo file photo)

SINGAPORE — While standing behind a woman on the stairs and an escalator at Woodlands Checkpoint, he took two upskirt videos of her.

For his actions, Malaysian Leong Sau Chung was jailed four weeks on Thursday (12 December).

The 31-year-old was working as a storekeeper in Singapore at the time of his offences.

He pleaded guilty to one count of insulting the modesty of the 36-year-old woman, with another charge of the same nature considered for sentencing.

On 15 August this year, at about 8.40pm, Leong spotted the victim, also a Malaysian, shortly after he alighted the bus at the Woodlands terminal. While walking behind the woman up a flight of stairs, Leong saw that she was wearing a skirt above knee level and decided to record under her skirt with his mobile phone. He filmed her for 22 seconds.

While riding on the ascending escalator towards the departure hall later, he took a second video lasting 44 seconds by again placing his mobile phone under the woman’s skirt. He caught her face, legs and underwear in both clips.

Two Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers saw Leong’s suspicious behaviour on the escalator. They immediately informed police officers and stopped Leong from leaving the area.

A check on his mobile phone revealed two upskirt videos of the victim.

The woman, after discovering the videos, said that she felt her modesty had been insulted by Leong, Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Yong told the court.

The prosecutor sought at least four weeks’ jail, stating that Leong had followed the victim for some time to take obscene videos of her.

Unrepresented, Leong pleaded to the court for a chance. “I am remorseful for the charge. I realised I have done wrong and I will not do it again,” Leong said through an interpreter.

His plea for a fine was rejected by District Judge Adam Nakhoda, who said that such offences usually attracted a jail term.

“For offences of this nature involving the use of recording devices to film upskirt and thereby insulting the modesty of your victim... the usual sentences are custodial sentences, and that has been established both through precedents and with cases dealt with in this court,” the judge said.

Leong could have been jailed up to a year and/or fined for insulting the modesty of a woman.

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