Jail for man who filmed 2 co-tenants in shower

An engineer who took videos of his two co-tenants in the shower a total of 15 times in June last year was jailed for 24 weeks yesterday.

Ho Seong Lim, 34, admitted to six of 15 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman at a Housing Board unit in the north-east of Singapore.

His offences came to light on June 21 last year, when the first victim, a 27-year-old woman, reported to the police that she suspected Ho had been taking video recordings of her showering.

She had checked his laptop and found a video recording of her showering.

Investigation revealed that sometime in June last year, the woman was showering when Ho held his mobile phone at the gap above the toilet door and made a recording.

He committed four more offences against the same victim. The same month, he also filmed the second victim, aged 34, in the shower.

Nine other similar charges, including one more of insulting the older woman's modesty, were taken into consideration.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kong Kuek Foo sought at least 12 weeks per charge to be imposed.

He said there was pre-meditation and that Ho could replay the videos many times to satisfy his perverse desire.

He added that Ho's action was more serious than upskirt videos as the faces of the victims could be seen.

Pleading for leniency, Ho claimed that he was not good at using tech devices and did not know how to upload videos.

He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined.

- The Straits Times


Teenager abused younger sister because he was angry with parents

A teenager, who bore a grudge against his parents for leaving him behind when they went abroad to study, took it out on his younger sister by sexually abusing her.

The 18-year-old Malaysian, who is a Singapore permanent resident, admitted to one of four charges.

Neither he nor his currently 12-year-old sister can be named due to a gag order.

A Community Court heard that the accused was brought up by his grandparents in Singapore until the age of seven. In the interim, he parents had gone to the United States to study.

The victim, who was born there, was brought back to Singapore when she was two years old. Their parents had tried to keep them apart as much as possible since 2011 after the youngster had abused his sister.

On Sept 26, 2013, the victim, then 10, was ill and resting at their own home in the west of Singapore. The accused returned from school and apologised to her for having torn a box belonging to her. She did not say anything in reply.

He then lifted her T-shirt and molested her.

He put his hand into her panties and abused her without her consent. She felt pain and tried to push him away. He stopped only after a few minutes.

After the incident, he told her not to tell anyone about what he had done to her.

The incident came to light five days later when a school counsellor asked the victim about her home environment.

"The accused had committed the offence both out of sexual curiosity and out of vengeance against his family. The accused has a poor relationship with his parents, and begrudges them for leaving him in the care of his grandparents while they went to the United States to study, '' said Deputy Public Prosecutor Gabriel Choong.

The victim was examined and her hymen was found to be intact. But she told a doctor she felt sad, unhappy and angry about the accused's acts.

The accused was assessed to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

The court heard that he is currently staying in a home.

Sentence was postponed pending pre-sentence reports for probation and reformative training on Sept 25.

The maximum punishment is 10 years' jail and a fine.

- The Straits Times


Divorced bus driver sexually abused daughter since she was 10 till she was 14

A divorced 46-year-old man who sexually abused his biological daughter when she went over to his place on weekends was yesterday jailed 19 years and ordered to be caned the maximum 24 strokes.

The bus driver, who had been granted weekend access to his two daughters after his divorce from their mother, started abusing the younger girl when she was 10.

He continued to sexually exploit her until she was 14. On some occasions, he would tell her that he missed and loved her.

The abuse came to light when the girl was 14 after the victim's teacher asked why she was skipping school and going home late.

Yesterday, the man pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault, one charge of aggravated molestation and two charges of molestation. Six other similar charges were taken into consideration. He is not named to protect the identity of the victim, who is now 17.

In sentencing, High Court judge Woo Bih Li agreed with prosecutors that the man's actions were "heinous". Justice Woo said that any sexual assault is to be "condemned in the strongest terms" and in this case, the offences are aggravated by the fact that the victim was the man's young biological daughter.

"She trusted you. You were supposed to protect her. Instead, you violated her," said the judge.

The court heard that the man and his former wife divorced when the victim was two years old.

The girls lived with their mother but, as a result of custody arrangements, spent time with their father at his home every Saturday.

On one such Saturday afternoon visit in 2007, while the girl was sleeping, the accused entered the room, lay next to her and sexually violated the 10-year-old.

This was the start of a series of sexual abuse which has left the girl "sad and disgusted" with her father's actions, the court heard.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Allison Phua sought a deterrent jail term of 18 to 20 years, noting that the man had exploited his position of authority over the vulnerable victim. By telling the girl how much he loved and missed her while abusing her, he was causing her to feel emotionally disturbed and helpless, she said.

The man's lawyer, Mr Kertar Singh, said 12 to 14 years was sufficient. He argued that his client was not a serial rapist and is unlikely to repeat the offences.

- The Straits Times


23-year-old man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting underage girl

A 23-year-old man on Monday (Aug 31) pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor, after the victim admitted to having sex with him.

Mohammad Noor Mohammad Ali faces three counts of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in February this year. The two had met in a WhatsApp messenger group chat in late 2014. Mohammad Noor then sent the girl several direct messages, but she blocked him initially.

When the victim unblocked Mohammad Noor on Feb 10, 2015, he again pestered the girl to meet him. The victim agreed, as she had planned to run away from home due to family problems.

Mohammad Noor met the girl at Marsiling MRT station, and they proceeded to a nearby HDB block where they had sex.

A few days later, Mohammad Noor again asked the girl to meet him but she declined, saying that she was at the police station. He then threatened her, saying that he would “come out and do something” to her if he was put in lock-up.

A week later, the girl admitted to a police officer that she had sex with Mohammad Noor. This was during investigations into her disappearance, as she had run away from home.

Mohammad Noor will be sentenced on Sep 7. For sexually penetrating a minor under 16, he could face up to 10 years' jail, a fine or both.

- Channel News Asia


46-year-old man sodomised intellectually disabled resident at a home

On Oct 27 last year, auxiliary police officer Davindran Mohan, 23, of security firm Aetos, was doing his rounds when he told Hoe, who was at the dormitory, to go to the dining hall where daily activities were being held.

Hoe suddenly stood up and shouted at the officer, challenging him to a fight. He also tried to punch him. Then he grabbed a metal mug and hit the officer twice on the head.

On hearing the commotion, Mr Davindran's partner rushed in and restrained Hoe, who started kicking Mr Davindran.

Both officers managed to restrain Hoe, who was placed in the segregation dormitory.

On Dec 12, Hoe asked a 29-year-old mildly retarded resident to follow him to the corner of the balcony where he sodomised him.

The victim had complied as he was scared of Hoe, who was bigger in size than him.

Hoe admitted that he had committed a similar act with the victim and it felt good. That made him decide to do it again.

While Hoe was in the segregation dormitory on Dec 27, he dismantled the bed frames in his cell as he felt stressed and lonely after being separated from other residents.

The home's 57-year-old care executive noted from the CCTV that Hoe was naked.

He and an auxiliary police officer from Aetos then entered Hoe's cell to tell him to put on his shorts and clean up the mess he had made.

Hoe became aggressive and swung one of the dismantled bed frames at the executive who dodged the attack.

- The Straits Times


Man gets nine years' preventive detention for sodomy, other offences

A 46-year-old man was slapped with nine years' preventive detention for committing a string of offences at a home.

Besides attacking an auxiliary police officer, Hoe Chay Eng also sodomised a fellow resident at the home and swung a dismantled bed frame at a care executive.

The 46-year-old, who had been sentenced to corrective training twice before, had pleaded guilty to the three charges with two others taken into consideration.

The court heard that Aetos officer Davindran Mohan, 23, was doing his rounds on Oct 27 last year when he advised Hoe to go to the dining hall for daily activities.

Hoe ignored him, but later stood up abruptly and shouted at the officer, challenging him to a fight. He also tried to punch him.

Mr Davindran's colleague heard the commotion and came in to restrain Hoe. Hoe started to kick Mr Davindran, who suffered some scratches as a result.

Hoe was placed in the segregation dormitory.

On Dec 12, Hoe asked a mildly intellectually disabled resident sitting on the floor outside his room to go to the corner of the balcony, where he sodomised him.

The 29-year-old victim had complied as he was scared of Hoe, who was big-sized.

Hoe stopped when an Aetos officer shouted at them.

He admitted that he had committed a similar act with the victim on a prior occasion. He felt good then, and thus repeated the act.

While Hoe was in the segregation dormitory on Dec 27, he dismantled the bed frames in his cell as he felt stressed and lonely after being separated from the other residents.

The home's 57-year-old care executive care noted from the CCTV that Hoe was naked.

He and an Aetos officer entered Hoe's cell to tell him to put on his shorts and clean up the mess he had made.

Hoe became aggressive and swung one of the dismantled bed frames at the care executive, who dodged the attack.

Hoe, who has an antisocial personality disorder and mild intellectual disability, had been in and out of prison for a variety of offences such as theft, outrage of modesty and fraudulent possession since 1989.

- The Straits Times

Man gets 9 weeks' jail for sex with underage prostitute

A 52-year-old man was on Friday (Aug 28) sentenced to nine weeks in jail for obtaining the sexual services of an underaged prostitute, and for an unrelated charge of gaming in public.

Lim Yew Hock paid the victim’s pimp S$300 on Oct 15, 2014 for her services, under the impression that the girl was 19 years old.

The victim, who was 14 at that time, had arrived in Singapore from Vietnam only the day before to work as a freelance hostess and prostitute. Lim met the victim and her pimp at a coffeeshop along Lorong 13 Geylang, and he agreed to book her for sexual services. He took the girl to St James Power Station, a night club at Harbourfront area. They later went to Lim’s house and had sexual intercourse.

The victim later lodged a police report, as she no longer wanted to prostitute herself. Her Vietnamese pimp is still at large.

In court on Friday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhang Hongchuan noted that Lim was more than three times the victim’s age. However, Lim’s lawyer, Edmund Wong, argued that “due diligence” had been carried out by his client, as the victim’s passport had allegedly been checked by security at the night club to verify her age. Only those above 18 of age were allowed to enter.

Mr Wong submitted that six weeks’ jail would be sufficient to deter Lim, as compared to the prosecution’s submission of nine to 12 weeks’ jail. However, District Judge Low Wee Ping said that this would be “manifestly inadequate”, and sentenced Lim to nine weeks, including two weeks for the unrelated charge of gaming in public.

For obtaining the sexual services of a person under 18 years of age, Lim could have faced up to seven years in jail, a fine or both.

For gaming in public, Lim could have been jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$5,000 or punished with both.

- Channel News Asia

Voyeur jailed 32 weeks for taking videos of women changing at Cotton On shops

Over nine months last year, a student took videos of women changing in Cotton On outlets islandwide.

Loh Wei Quan, 22, was jailed for 32 weeks on Friday after admitting to 16 of 50 charges. Apart from one of possessing obscene films, the rest of the charges were for insulting modesty.

Loh had secretly filmed women in the changing rooms at the retail chain since February last year until Nov 15, when he was caught at Bedok Mall.

A female customer there had noticed him filming in the fitting room and informed a staff member, who in turn told the supervisor.

The supervisor detained Loh as he was leaving and asked for his iPhone.

A 14-year-old girl was shocked and started crying after she was shown the cellphone which captured her private parts. The video clip lasted five minutes.

The court heard that he was in one of the fitting rooms at Cotton On at the mall when he placed his iPhone through the gap of the fitting room partition and the floor. He had also removed his shoe, and propped up the cellphone against his shoes to achieve the optimal angle for recording the women in the adjacent fitting room.

Before filming the teen, Loh had recorded videos of four unknown women at the same place between 3.37pm and 4.52pm, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Jason Chua.

The DPP said Loh had watched videos of women being secretly filmed while changing in fitting rooms on Tumblr, a microblogging platform and social networking website, before trying it out himself.

He was curious of what went on in the fitting room, and felt a thrill filming women changing without being caught.

Mr Chua said Loh thus visited Cotton On branches around Singapore to film people changing in the fitting rooms.

He would delete the video clip if the person caught on video was male.

Loh told police that each time he recorded the video clips, he would feel excited and "a sense of accomplishment".

He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for insulting modesty.

- The Straits Times

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