1/22/2015

Man who took upskirt video at MRT station gets three weeks' jail

A man who took an upskirt video of a woman on an escalator at an MRT station was jailed for three weeks on Thursday.

Kelvin Tan Choon Siang, 35, a driver, pleaded guilty to insulting the modesty of the 30-year-old woman at Mountbatten MRT station on March 12 last year.

The court heard that the woman was on the ascending escalator at the MRT station when she felt something brushed against her legs.

She turned around and saw Tan walking past her and holding onto a mobile phone.

Feeling something was amiss, she confronted Tan, who admitted to taking an upskirt video of her for his own personal viewing.

At her request, he deleted the video from his phone. The woman called the police.

Another charge of peeping under the skirt of a woman was taken into consideration during his sentencing.

Tan has previous convictions for unlicensed moneylending offences in 2003 and 2011.

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

- The Straits Times

1/18/2015

Two and half months' jail for serial peeping Tom

A man who was originally given a mandatory treatment order (MTO) for trespassing into female toilets and filming women was jailed yesterday.

Diagnosed with voyeurism, Lim Keng Siong, 29, was spared a jail sentence in 2013 when he was placed on a two-year MTO, which entails psychiatric treatment in lieu of jail time.

The prosecution appealed.

On April 4 last year, Justice Choo Han Teck set aside the MTO and ordered that further evidence be given in the State Courts on Lim's condition.

While out on bail barely a month later, Lim reoffended.

He entered a female toilet at Singapore Polytechnic on May 12 and tried to peep at an 18-year-old student in a toilet cubicle. Yesterday, District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan accepted a senior consultant psychiatrist's evidence that voyeurism is not an impulse-control disorder.

Rather, it is a "sexual deviancy" because the person always has an "unfettered choice" as to whether to indulge in such behaviour, said Dr Stephen Phang from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

The judge considered Lim's remand at IMH and his mental condition before sentencing him to two months' and two weeks' jail on eight charges, the terms to run consecutively.

The then SIM University student had trespassed into a female toilet on campus on Aug 22, 2011, using a camcorder to film a 21-year-old student in a cubicle.

He used his mobile phone to film a 28-year-old housewife in a toilet in Jurong in October the following year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sarah Ong said that Lim and other would-be offenders had to be deterred in the public's interest.

Arguing that the MTO was not a suitable option, she said Lim had reoffended repeatedly.

In 2005, he was given a stern warning. In 2011, he was arrested for similar offences and released on bail, but reoffended in 2012 while on bail. Lim could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined on each charge of insulting modesty. The maximum penalty for criminal trespass is three months' jail and a $1,500 fine on each charge.

- The Straits Times

1/16/2015

Man admits preying on 31 victims in one of the worst cases of sex crimes against boys

In one of the worst cases of sex crimes against young boys here, a 31-year-old quality assurance engineer on Friday admitted preying on 31 victims aged between 11 and 15 over a period of three years.

Yap Weng Wah, a Malaysian, befriended the boys on Facebook using different personas, chatted with them on the social networking site and later persuaded them to meet him.

Between November 2009 and June 2012, he cajoled 30 of the boys into consenting to engaging in sexual acts with him at places such as his rental flat, toilet cubicles in shopping centres and swimming complexes, hotel rooms and a public park.

Yap also recorded the acts on his mobile phone. He stored the footage in his laptop, meticulously catalogued in folders indicating each boy's name, age and year they met.

After their first sexual encounter with Yap, some of the victims continued to meet him and engage in sexual acts with him, either because they enjoyed his company as a friend, were worried he may spread the footage or were themselves sexually curious.

As for the remaining victim, Yap had told the 12-year-old to send him a video of the boy performing a lewd act.

Police officers who raided his home, after one of the victims made a report, found more than 2,000 video clips on his laptop.

On Friday, Yap pleaded guilty to 12 charges of sexual penetration of a minor.

Another 64 charges - 63 for sexual penetration of a minor and one for procuring a child to commit an indecent act - will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

The case was adjourned for further arguments on the appropriate sentence to be imposed. Deputy Public Prosecutor David Khoo sought at least 30 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane.

Yap came to Singapore to work in 2009. His two younger siblings and mother live in Ipoh, Malaysia while his father moved to New Zealand when he was eight years old.

His lawyer Daniel Koh said in his plea for leniency that when Yap was 12 years old, he had a nine-month sexual relationship with a male teacher. Due to a lack of a father figure, Yap thought these were acts of intimacy and love, he said.

- The Straits Times

1/10/2015

Man abused stepdaughter over three years, persisted despite her complaint to mother

A man who repeatedly molested his stepdaughter over a three-year period - and persisted with the abuse even after the girl complained, and he had apologised to the mother - was sentenced to two years in jail and six cane strokes on Friday.

The incidents started in 2011, the same year the victim, then just 12, began living with him and her mother.

He molested her in a HDB flat near Chinatown on five occasions when his wife was not at home, asking her to perform an indecent act on him or insulting her modesty on another two. He molested her on two other occasions at an open air carpark in the neighbourhood after they had bought dinner together and at a lift lobby in their block.

The girl suffered from depression, cut herself, and kept having flashbacks of what had happened. One medical report stated that she had insomnia and suffered panic attacks, among other problems. Another report said she had considered drinking bleach and hanging herself.

Before passing sentence on Friday, District Judge Christopher Goh noted that the victim, now 15, had to live with what had happened for the rest of her life and it was unclear if she could ever fully recover. He called the man's action's "despicable".

The man, a driver with a shipyard, said he was remorseful and ashamed of what he had done. He promised never to go near his stepdaughter again after he completes his prison term, adding he hoped to "start again" with his wife.

It is understood the wife had told police she intended to initiate divorce proceedings, though she was present in court on Friday alongside her husband's father.

The man has a slew of previous convictions dating back to 1999, including some for drug consumption and voluntarily causing hurt.

He pleaded guilty to four of nine charges, with the rest taken into consideration.

For each of his seven counts of molest, he could have been jailed for up to two years, fined and caned.

- The Straits Times

1/09/2015

Trio jailed and caned for conspiring to rape drunk pub waitress

Three young men - two brothers and their acquaintance - who conspired to rape a pub waitress who was drinking with them were on Friday sentenced to jail and caning for the July 2010 sexual assault.

Ho Boon Sheng, 25, who mooted the idea of having a foursome with the 18-year-old waitress and was the only one who eventually raped her, was jailed 13 and a half years and ordered to be caned 12 strokes.

Ho's wife, carrying their nine-day-old infant - born on New Year's Day - sobbed as he was led away by guards.

Brothers Calvin Tan Jian Wei, 28, and Edwin Tan Jian An, 26, were each jailed 11 years and ordered to be caned eight strokes for abetting Ho's rape.

Calvin Tan had carried the teenager to the room and Edwin Tan had held her legs while they were all on the bed. Both had also groped the victim.

"Events could have turned out more serious if not for the timely intervention of the hotel staff," said Justice Chan Seng Onn as he sentenced the trio after they pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to commit rape.

Employees at the Hotel 81 Cosy in Jiak Chuan Street had called the room or knocked on the door after hearing the victim's screams but were assured that she was "okay".

The hotel manager entered the room as the trio were leaving, saw the victim crying on the bed and asked if she wanted to call the police. A front office executive made the call when she said yes.

- The Straits Times

1/08/2015

HIV-infected man gets 33 months' jail for sexual offences with low IQ teen

A man infected with HIV who engaged in sexual activities with a teen was jailed for 33 months on Thursday.

The 40-year-old man, who faced seven charges, admitted to two charges of sexually abusing the 15-year-old boy and one of not informing him of the risk of contracting HIV from him, and getting his voluntary agreement to accept that risk before engaging in sexual activities.

The offences took place at a staircase landing of a block of flats in Marsiling Road on Aug 9 last year.

He cannot be named as there is a gag order.

The court heard that the accused approached the victim, who has borderline IQ, and his friends on the pretext of befriending them. He told them to add him as a friend on Facebook.

He also invited the group to go to his home, but only the victim did so.

Instead of taking the teen to the flat, the man took him to the 20th floor staircase landing, where he committed the offences.

When the victim did not come down after some time, his friends became worried and went to look for him. They found his shoes outside a unit but were turned away by the accused's room-mate.

The group asked a passer-by to help, and when they all went to the flat, they were told that the victim had left. They eventually found him at the void deck.

A dispute ensued between the accused and his room-mate. The police were called.

The maximum penalty for each sexual offence is 10 years' jail and a fine. The man could have been fined up to $50,000 and/or jailed for up to 10 years under the Infectious Diseases Act.

- The Straits Times

1/07/2015

Man impersonated cop as excuse to obtain contact details of prostitutes; jailed for ruse

He wanted an excuse to obtain the contact details of prostitutes, and hopefully call them back for cheap sex at a later date.

So Yusri Abdul Wahab, who had dreamed of one day joining law enforcement, decided to impersonate a police officer and conduct checks on sex workers in Geylang.

At about 10pm on May 7 last year, he entered a room in Lorong 22 Geylang containing about 10 prostitutes, flashed a makeshift police pass, and asked to see their work permits. He made a show of checking the documents, all the while speaking into his earpiece and pretending to speak to a "colleague".

Someone grew suspicious, and called the police.

On Wednesday, he was jailed for four months for the offence. His total term comes to eight months, after including punishment for stealing camera equipment during his real job as a pest control officer.

No restitution has been made for the thefts, which involved almost $32,000 of items and got Yusri sacked. These were committed on four occasions between January and May 8 last year, at two private homes in Swettenham Road near Queenstown.

Yusri came up with the policeman ruse after taking medical leave from his real job.

The court heard he had been inspired by a television show, in which a character had hatched a similar ploy.

To carry out the plan, Yusri bought police paraphernalia from Peninsula Shopping Centre, including a leather pass holder and various logos to attach to his polo t-shirt. He had a photograph of himself taken and inserted it into the pass holder.

District Judge Low Wee Ping called Yusri's impersonation "shocking", noting he had gone to the extent of buying items to perpetuate the deception.

Yusri pleaded guilty to three charges in all, with another two taken into consideration. For impersonating a police officer, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined.

- The Straits Times

Security guard jailed for blackmailing teenagers caught having sex

A security guard has been sentenced to two months in prison for blackmailing a teenage couple, after catching them having sex on the staircase landing of a condominium.

Nagindran Dharmiah, 32, a Singapore permanent resident, worked as a security guard at a condominium on Simei Street. While making his rounds on the night of March 31 last year, he stumbled upon the couple — a girl and her boyfriend, both 19 and whose names have been withheld to protect their identities — having sex and in various states of undress on the 11th floor staircase landing in the 27th block of the condominium, where the girl was a resident.

He accused the boyfriend of trespassing and told the couple that their act had been caught on CCTV camera, and that he would be able to playback the recording by connecting his clocking device which resembled a black torchlight, to the camera. He also took a photo of the couple using his mobile phone.

Investigations later revealed that Nagindran had been bluffing and that there was no CCTV camera on the 11th floor.

Nagindran also made threats to call the police and the couple’s parents — to which the pair responded by pleading with him not to do so. He then agreed to break the clocking device if the couple paid him S$1,000 in cash as an initial sum to replace the device.

Afraid that they would get into trouble since Nagindran knew her home address, the girl withdrew the amount and gave it to Nagindran, after which he deleted the photo from his mobile phone and took down her contact number.

The next day, Nagindran sent the girl a text message demanding an additional S$850, claiming that it was the remaining sum to replace the clocking device he had promised to break. He asked her to meet him at Tai Seng MRT station to handover the money. The girl then made a police report.

Later that evening, the girl met Nagindran at the MRT station and handed him an envelope containing S$50. He was then arrested by police officers who were at the station.

Nagindran was charged with three counts of aggravated cheating, which each carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, or fine, or both.

However, in delivering the sentence at the State Courts today, District Judge Lim Tze Haw took into consideration that the amount of money involved was small and that this was Nagindran’s first offence.

The judge chastised Nagindran for neglecting his duty as a security guard and for “committing the very crime (he) was supposed to prevent”. He imposed a two-month jail sentence for each charge, to run concurrently starting today, and also ordered for the money to be returned.

- TODAY newspaper



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