Man who took upskirt videos sorted them by underwear colour

Man who took upskirt videos sorted them by underwear colour
Mohammad Nazrin Sapingi was jailed for 18 weeks.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

An operations supervisor who took upskirt videos of his victims in Bukit Panjang Housing Board lifts - and sorted the clips by underwear colour - was jailed for 18 weeks yesterday.

Mohammad Nazrin Sapingi had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of insulting the modesty of a woman. He had 60 other charges - including one of having obscene films - taken into consideration during his sentencing.

The court heard that the 27-year-old took videos only inside lifts "because there is nobody around". He also stated that he did not film in MRT trains or shopping centres as there were many people around and he was "scared".

The offences were committed between August 2013 and May last year.

Forensic examination of his computer, seized after his arrest on July 30 last year, showed that he had stored upskirt videos on its hard drive.

He sorted the videos he had taken by the colour and type of his victims' underwear.

On May 29 last year, he got into a lift with a 26-year-old woman.

While standing behind her, he moved his mobile phone under her skirt and started recording.

When the lift reached the level of the victim's unit, she felt something touch her inner thigh. She turned around, and saw him retracting his hand with the phone.

She asked what he was doing and said she would call the police. He fled the scene.

During investigations, he told the police that he had seen the victim alight from a taxi and followed her to the lift.

Seeking a total sentence of 18 to 24 weeks' jail, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kenny Yang said there were many victims in this case, and that the offences were premeditated.

District Judge Christopher Goh said this was not the first upskirt case he was dealing with, and he did not think it would be the last.

He reiterated that women should not be afraid, and should be protected from people committing such offences. The maximum punishment for the offence is one year's jail and a fine.


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