SINGAPORE — An undergraduate who filmed men showering in a SAFRA club house was jailed 24 days and fined $2,000 on Tuesday (19 September).
Koh Kah Hock, 24, pleaded guilty to seven charges, including possessing 253 obscene films of naked men, causing a public nuisance by filming men clad in swimming trunks, and making four obscene films of men showering.
His lawyer John Koh had asked the court for a sentence of three weeks jail and a fine, saying that his client was remorseful. He had also pleaded guilty at the earliest juncture and assisted investigations.
John Koh added that his client has a decent educational background and has the potential to be a useful member of society. “It is an unfortunate event that things transpired this way.”
Facts of the case
On 16 June last year, Koh visited the Toa Payoh SAFRA club house at about 1pm to swim. He later went to the male toilet to shower. When he saw several men in the toilet, he developed the urge to record them showering.
He filmed two men in the shower before he was caught by the third victim, a 31-year-old man. As Koh filmed the man under the partition of their adjoining cubicles, the victim spotted his hand and grabbed the mobile phone.
Koh attempted to persuade the man not to expose him, but the man brought him to the life guard on duty. A police report was lodged and Koh was arrested.
When Koh’s residence was searched, officers found 253 obscene films of naked men on his laptop and hard disk.
He had also taken videos of other men showering in the club house toilet in January and March last year.
In addition to capturing the men in shower cubicles, Koh also filmed men clad only in swimming trunks in the changing area of the toilet with his handphone in the same time period.
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