Caught filming upskirt video, accused offers cash to man who nabbed him

Caught filming upskirt video, accused offers cash to man who nabbed him
Confrontation: Mr John Shen (back to camera) caught a man in an Orchard Road underpass using a phone to take an upskirt video.

SINGAPORE - As he walked up a staircase in Orchard Road, he saw the man in front of him use a handphone to film under a woman's skirt.

IT specialist John Shen, 32, confronted the man, demanding that he stop what he was doing and surrender to the police.

Desperate to escape, the man, Teh Thian Seng, apparently took out several thousand dollars and offered it to Mr Shen in exchange for letting him go.

But in his mind, there was no question as to what he should do - reject the cash and hand Teh over to the authorities.

On Aug 25, 2012, Mr Shen was at the underground passageway between Ngee Ann City and Wisma Atria when he noticed Teh, who is married with two sons aged 17 and 20, behaving oddly.

Teh, 51, had switched on the video recorder function on his iPhone as he climbed a flight of stairs, following a woman closely.

Mr Shen told The New Paper on Thursday: "I remember thinking: 'This is a staircase, there's nothing to film. It's not like he's at a concert'."

He saw Teh position the iPhone underneath the woman's skirt with the camera facing upwards.

Mr Shen immediately confronted Teh.

He asked: "Excuse me, what are you doing?"

Teh replied: "Nothing."

Mr Shen refused to be intimidated and said firmly: "I saw what you were doing. You can't run. There are closed circuit television (cameras) everywhere. Stay put and let me call the security.

"You can either be frank with me or you can be frank with the police."

Teh meekly followed Mr Shen, who did not want to embarrass Teh in a crowded area.

Chance

Along the way, he begged Mr Shen to let him off, claiming it was his first offence and that he deserved a chance.

When that didn't work, Teh said he had a family he needed to support.

Mr Shen remained resolute. He told Teh: "Let the law decide. It's out of my hands now."

Desperate, Mr Shen claimed that Teh took out his wallet containing a thick wad of money, which Mr Shen estimated to be several thousand dollars.

He claimed that Teh whispered: "How much do you want for you to let me off?"

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