NUS student faces more charges of filming women showering in campus hostel

·Senior Reporter
Facebook photo of Joel Rasis Ismail. (PHOTO: Facebook)
Facebook photo of Joel Rasis Ismail. (PHOTO: Facebook)

SINGAPORE — A National University of Singapore undergraduate who was previously charged with trespassing into a residential hall and filming a woman showering there was handed nine fresh charges of a similar nature on Wednesday (18 December).

Six of the latest charges involve Joel Rasis Ismail trespassing into a female toilet in Kuok Foundation House and filming women showering there.

Joel, whose personal website shows his works as a budding architect, is also facing a new charge of taking an upskirt video of a woman while in the office of an architectural firm in Tanjong Pagar on 2 June 2016.

The remaining two new charges relate to Joel allegedly taking upskirt videos of women on an escalator at Tanjong Pagar MRT station on 24 May and 6 June 2016.

This brings the total number of charges that he faces to 11.

The 26-year-old was first charged on 13 May this year after he was caught on CCTV filming a female student showering in the Kuok Foundation House, a building within Raffles Hall. Joel was himself a Raffles Hall resident. He had attempted to avoid identification by changing his attire after committing the alleged offences.

Police were alerted to the 11 May incident and Joel was later arrested. His laptops, mobile phones and other storage devices were seized for investigations.

No plea has been taken from Joel, who will return to court on 24 January for a further hearing.

Meanwhile, Joel has been suspended from NUS for three semesters, and will be required to attend mandatory counselling and rehabilitation sessions.

In a statement on Wednesday, the university said the disciplinary sanctions were imposed after an internal Board of Discipline (BOD) was convened in June 2019 and will be part of his formal educational record at NUS.

“The student may resume his studies only after he is certified fit for return to campus by relevant professionals after the suspension,” said an NUS spokesperson.

“Should new information be disclosed by court proceedings which are not the subject matter of the previous BOD hearing, NUS may convene a new BOD to look into this.”

This story has been updated with a statement from NUS.

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