Vietnamese student, 22, jailed for taking upskirt videos

A 22-year-old Vietnamese student was jailed for three weeks on Monday for taking upskirt videos of women.

Last September, Nguyen Tri Dung had stuck his Samsung Galaxy mobile phone under the skirts of women in busy public areas such as post offices and MRT stations and filmed them.

He was charged with four counts of insulting the modesty of these women, with two charges proceeded on.

Nguyen, who has been studying at a local university for two years, was arrested on Sept 16 last year when he took two videos of a Peruvian woman at a Pasir Panjang post office.

He had been there to post a parcel to his friend in Germany. In the queue, he spotted the victim, 27, found her attractive, and decided to film her.

The victim had been writing the address on a parcel when she felt a piece of plastic brushing against her leg.

She turned and saw the accused holding a phone in his hand. On seizing the phone from him, she discovered two upskirt videos of her on it. She then took his student pass and called the police.

Nguyen's lawyer Amarjit Singh Sidhu said in mitigation that his client was a first-time offender, that he was remorseful, and that this would be his last brush with the law.

He added that Nguyen had an internship with a reputable company and would be starting an exchange programme on a Ministry of Education tuition grant soon, and that a custodial sentence would deprive him of these opportunities.

He called instead for a probation suitability report. But Deputy Public Prosecutor Shen Wanqin pointed out the difficulties of keeping track of foreigners on probation if they did not have some local roots.

For each count of insulting the modesty of a woman, Nguyen could have been jailed up to a year, fined, or both.

- The Straits Times


Webmaster of 2 vice sites jailed 18 weeks

Dissatisfied with his income, a former hawker stall assistant decided to earn more money - by becoming an online pimp.

That was how Chen Guoguang came to be the webmaster of two popular sites advertising the sexual services of Chinese women.

At its height last November, his first website featured the profiles of more than 100 women and, in a year, he had raked in nearly $135,000.

Chen, 30, was arrested in a police raid on his York Hill flat in March. He was charged with living off the earnings of nine prostitutes and sentenced yesterday to 18 weeks in jail.

Enticed by what he thought was an "easy business", Chen started the first website, Yuan Zai Shi Cheng, in March last year. To procure clients, he poached prostitutes from other websites by obtaining their contact details.

As time went by, Chen's website became popular, and he raised the price of advertising from a $10 commission per customer to a flat monthly rate of $400. Business was so good that he hired two assistants to help him procure business and collect payments.

In February this year, Chen decided the first website was too high-profile and set up a second one to stay off the police radar. He transferred some of the women's profiles over slowly so as not to arouse suspicion that the sites were owned by the same person. Before his arrest, he was looking to expand his services.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Delicia Tan said the accused had "clearly benefited from this lucrative business, and it does not appear he would have stopped if he had not been arrested".

In mitigation, Chen said he was from a low-income family and it was his first offence.

District Judge Mathew Joseph called Chen's operation "sophisticated", "brazen" and a "pernicious use of the Internet and social media".

He asked the accused where he learnt his considerable Web skills. Chen answered that he had picked them up playing computer games when he was young.

The judge said he found this "early IT creativity and proficiency" on Chen's part "remarkable", but using it against the law was a "regrettable and pitiful display of a lack of wisdom".

He told Chen: "I urge you to put this behind you after your release from prison, and to find a job to put your IT skills to good use."

For each charge of living off the earnings of a prostitute, Chen could have been jailed for up to five years and he was also liable to a fine of up to $10,000.

- The Straits Times


Kallang Bahru rape trial: Accused claims sex in car was consensual

The sex was consensual.

This is what a 24-year-old storeman on trial for raping and robbing a 34-year-old woman after offering her a lift is claiming.

On the fourth day of the trial yesterday, the court heard that Haliffie Mamat gave three police statements in which he claimed that she willingly had sex with him after he stopped his car on the bridge along Kallang Bahru.

This was before he pushed her out and drove off with her branded handbag.

The alleged rape occurred in the early morning of May 4, 2013.

Haliffie told Inspector Thermizi Tho, who took the statements, that he had been driving around town in his Proton Savvy the night before after a violent quarrel with his wife over money problems.

He then saw a woman in a short black dress walking alone in River Valley Road. The court had earlier heard that she was trying to hail a cab after drinking alone at Clarke Quay.

"I was thinking about just snatching her bag but I decided to... pretend to give her a lift first" and see how things played out, Haliffie told the police.

He pulled up in front of her and offered her a lift.

She told him where she lived and asked if she had to pay; he replied that it was on him.

His initial plan of driving off after she put her Louis Vuitton bag in the car was foiled when she got in and placed the bag on her lap instead, he added.

During the journey, she offered him a cigarette and they had a chat. She said that she was originally from Indonesia, was a single parent, and lived with her son.

He claimed to have asked if she liked sex. She allegedly replied: "Who doesn't?"

He then touched her right thigh with his left hand.

The woman, who he thought was "attractive and hot", did not overtly say that she wanted to have sex, he admitted.

But Haliffie told the police they ended up touching each other. "The feeling is already 'hyped', like don't have to ask any more (sic)," he said.

After stopping on the Kallang Bahru bridge, he climbed over her and they had sex for about five minutes on the lowered front passenger seat. In one of his police statements, he said that he later asked her if she liked it, and she smiled and said: "Ya."

After this, he drove off but stopped again as he wanted to take her bag, which she had flung to the backseat.

He said he opened the door on her side, pushed her out with his left hand and drove off without even closing the door.

At the carpark near his Bukit Batok flat, he looked through her bag, taking her ez-link card, a bottle of perfume, a mobile phone and $18, he said.

He dumped the bag and other items, including a shoe she left behind, near a dustbin, he said. He later sold the phone for $150.

Haliffie's statements were admitted in court while defence counsel Lionel Leo was cross-examining investigating officer Tho.

The accused is expected to take the stand today.

- The Straits Times


Man gets five years' corrective training for stealing from prostitutes

A freelance painter who stole from two prostitutes less than two years after he came out of prison for similar offences was sentenced to five years' corrective training on Thursday.

Tan Chin Heng, 46, committed the thefts last November.

On one occasion, he drove to Joo Chiat Road in a rented car at about 1am and went into a pub there with the intention of stealing from a prostitute.

He approached a Vietnamese sex worker, who agreed to provide sexual services for $80.

Tan drove her to a secluded carpark in Eunos Industrial Estate, where he asked her to leave her handbag in the front seat while they both moved to the back seat.

After a disagreement over the price of her services, Tan told the woman he did not want them anymore and told her to get back in the front seat.

But the moment she had got out of the car, Tan quickly locked the doors, climbed into the driver's seat, and stepped on the accelerator.

Inside the handbag was $200 in local currency, US$1,000, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 handphone and her passport.

Tan took just the $200 and discarded the handbag.

On another occasion, he picked up a Chinese prostitute from a coffee shop in Geylang using the same rented car at about 3.30am.

Tan drove her to the same location and used the same modus operandi to drive away with her bag.

On another occasion, Tan took a Chinese national he had befriended via mobile phone application Wechat to East Coast Park in another rented car.

He asked her to leave her handbag in the car and to take a walk along the beach.

But under the pretext of needing to retrieve his lighter during the walk, he went back to his car and drove off with her handbag.

Tan was also convicted of criminal breach of trust on Thursday. He had borrowed a Volkswagen Jetta from someone who wanted to sell the car for $78,000, but did not return it and could not be contacted.

The police were alerted when the car was spotted at Hotel 81 Star in Lorong 18, Geylang and Tan was arrested there.

In his mitigation, Tan's lawyer Sudha Nair said Tan has a 19-year-old son from a previous marriage and pays a monthly maintenance of $300 towards his son.

He is also engaged to a 40-year-old, who is four months pregnant with their child, and they will now have to postpone their wedding plans.

Corrective training is a tough regime for repeat offenders with no remission for good behaviour.

Tan was jailed for 30 months in 2010 for similar theft offences.

- The Straits Times


Serial thief and nudist gets six years' corrective training

A man who went on a six-month crime spree which included theft and appearing nude in public was sentenced to six years' corrective training on Thursday.

In one incident last September, Loh Tzu Chye, 35, was spotted running towards Block 333 Kreta Ayer Road at 1.45am, wearing only an orange G-string, a type of thong which exposes the buttocks.

Under the law, appearing nude includes being dressed in a way which offends public decency or order.

The police officer who spotted Loh gave chase and grabbed hold of him.

But Loh escaped after threatening him with a knife.

On another occasion last June, Loh was walking past a unit on the fifth floor of Block 197, Bishan Street 13 when he saw a cellphone on top of a drawer next to the window facing the common corridor.

Loh pushed the sliding door open and stretched his hand into the unit to steal the iPhone 5S.

In all, Loh was convicted of four charges, with another eight taken into consideration.

One of the eight charges stated that last August, along an overhead bridge connecting New Bridge Centre to Eu Tong Sen Street, Loh pointed a knife at a 27-year-old man and shouted: "I want to rob you! Give me your clothes!"

In mitigation, Loh's lawyer Jeffrey Lau said his client, who is not in contact with his immediate family, has found faith in Christianity.

Loh, who addressed the court, asked for "one last chance to repent", and to be spared corrective training or preventive detention.

The prosecution asked for seven years' corrective training.

In February 2010, Loh was jailed for two years and given six strokes of the cane for robbing a jogger of his singlet and shorts at knifepoint, while himself clad only in a G-string. He also had prior theft convictions then.

Corrective training is a tough regime for repeat offenders with no remission for good behaviour.

- The Straits Times


Man, 22, molested student at Rivervale Crescent multi-storey carpark

A 22-year-old man who molested a student at a multi-storey carpark was sentenced to six months' jail and three strokes of the cane on Thursday.

Jonathan Tan Weng Keong, a Singapore Armed Forces regular, admitted to groping the 18-year-old Filipina's private parts over her shorts at about 1am, at Block 146A Rivervale Crescent on April 25 last year.

A court heard that Tan had bought some cigarettes at a convenience store at Rivervale Mall when he saw the victim walking towards the carpark.

He decided to follow her. The victim, who was in her school uniform, sat on a kerb.

Tan approached her from behind and touched her on the head, then bent down and molested her.

She screamed and he fled. Tan was arrested outside Jurong Army Camp three days later.

His lawyer S.S. Dhillon said in mitigation that his client was truly remorseful and ashamed of his impulsive actions, and that he could be dismissed from the SAF.

Tan could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned or received any combined punishment.

- The Straits Times

Forklift driver hid mobile phone in mop to film women in toilet

A forklift driver who placed his mobile phone in a female toilet cubicle to record a woman using it was jailed for two months on Thursday.

Shafie Mustafa, 39, had admitted to criminal trespass by entering a female toilet and intruding into the privacy of a 25-year-old woman at a company in Jurong on March 25 last year.

The court heard that Shafie entered the company's female toilet that evening and hid his Nokia cellphone in mop strands, with the camera pointing at the toilet bowl.

As soon as he exited, he saw the woman entering the toilet. He waited nearby.

The woman saw the mobile phone. She picked it up and saw that it was on video recording mode.

She handed the phone to her supervisor.

After the woman had left, Shafie entered the toilet again to retrieve his phone.

He panicked when he found it missing and left.

The woman's supervisor called the police. Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Adrianni Marhain said that his actions were pre-meditated.

She also told District Judge Low Wee Ping that the fine imposed on him in 1996 for being a peeping Tom had not been a sufficient deterrent.

A third charge of theft of cigarettes was taken into consideration during his sentencing.

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

For criminal trespass, he could have been jailed for up to three months and/or fined up to $1,500.

- The Straits Times


Flasher exposed himself to four girls and insulted modesty of another in Bishan

A 22-year-old man who exposed himself to four girls and insulted the modesty of another in Bishan was jailed for three weeks and fined $2,000 on Thursday.

Full-time national serviceman Kevin Ng Wen Pin admitted to two of five charges.

The court head that on Aug 12 last year, a 19-year-old girl was jogging at Bishan Park when Ng approached her.

He told her he wanted to do a survey and conduct a "social experiment'', and promised not to touch her. He asked if she had seen a male organ before and if she had sex with her boyfriend.

She walked away and contacted the police.

In an earlier incident in August 2013, he was walking behind a 14-year-old girl at Bishan Park when he called out to her.

He said he wanted to do a survey but she ignored him. He persisted and asked if her school covered sex education.

He also asked if she had seen a male's private part before, and if her boyfriend was interested in having sex with her. The girl replied "no'', and walked away from him.

Ng overtook her and asked her to sit by the pavement but she declined. He then exposed himself to her. She continued to walk away while he tailed her and started to masturbate.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Asran Samad said it was not a one-off incident and that Ng had targeted five girls, aged 16 to 19, over more than a year in a public park.

Ng said in mitigation there was no excuse for his actions; was remorseful and is working out the problems he has with his psychiatrist.

He could have been jailed for up to three months and/or fined for the obscene act.

The maximum penalty for insulting modesty is one year's jail and a fine.

- The Straits Times

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