Jail for man who upskirted colleague using phone tied to ankle with rubber band

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SINGAPORE: Infatuated with his colleague, a man tied his phone to his ankle with a rubber band and took 15 upskirt movies of her.
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The 60-year-old man was sentenced to 18 weeks’ jail on Wednesday (Nov 10), after pleading responsible to one rely of voyeurism.

He can’t be named due to gag orders forbidding the identification of the sufferer and the incident location.

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According to the defence, the man “developed an infatuation” in the direction of the sufferer whereas working with her and “succumbed to temptation” partly due to “immense stress he was facing at work”.

Between Feb 7 and Sep 14 final 12 months, the man took 15 upskirt movies of the sufferer, who was his work subordinate, on 15 events.

He alternated between two telephones to commit the offences, turning on the video-recording operate earlier than tying a phone to his ankle in order that the digicam confronted outwards.

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He would then stroll to the sufferer and strike up a dialog with her to distract her whereas the phone was recording.

The different methodology was to stand or sit behind the sufferer, whereas positioning his ankle with the phone mounted to it beneath the sufferer’s skirt or costume.

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After taking the movies, the man would watch them and take screenshots of sure elements “for (his) own pleasure” and “to view later”, the prosecutor mentioned.

The sufferer “felt something amiss” with the man’s behaviour and lodged a police report on Sep 24, 2020.

The prosecutor requested for between 20 and 24 weeks’ jail, saying that the man repeatedly abused his place of belief and authority because the sufferer’s superior and colleague over greater than seven months.

The offences have been dedicated on the office, the place the sufferer would least anticipate to have her modesty violated, he mentioned.

The offender additionally had “a good working relationship” with the sufferer, mentioned the prosecutor. However, he took benefit of each the shut bodily proximity and diploma of belief and authority he had over the sufferer by satiating his “infatuation and $exual desire for her”.

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Defence attorneys Trent Ng and Mark Yeo of Kalco Law requested for between 10 and 12 weeks’ jail as a substitute, saying their shopper was a first-time offender who has taken “committed steps to reform himself”.

The attorneys mentioned the offender has constantly cooperated with authorities, pleaded responsible on the earliest alternative and demonstrated real regret.

“The accused has suffered greatly under his feelings of guilt since investigations into his actions commenced, knowing he had made a huge mistake,” they mentioned.

The offender wrote a letter of apology to the sufferer, and has sought counselling, finishing 12 classes thus far.

The attorneys added that the offender’s then-supervisor inspired him to return to work on the similar workplace, however the offender declined to accomplish that “out of consideration for the victim, and from a desire to start afresh in life”.

The penalties for voyeurism are a jail time period of up to two years, a nice, caning, or any mixture of those punishments. 

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