SINGAPORE - A 50-year-old lecturer who was involved in an intimate relationship with a former student was dismayed when he found out that she had dumped him for a younger man.
Consumed with a need for revenge, Low Peng Hu, an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) lecturer, sent seven nude photographs of his former lover attached with captions to her parents, together with an anonymous letter that cast aspersions on the new couple.
For the act that was described by the court as "despicable and cowardly", the married father of a teenage girl was jailed for three weeks yesterday on one charge under Section 292(1)(a) of the Penal Code for distribution of obscene materials.
Low had admitted to sending the obscene photographs and the letter to his former lover's parents in November last year. They were taken when he was in a three-year relationship with the 24-year-old victim.
In the letter, Low claimed to be an HIV-infected former gay partner of the victim's boyfriend. It warned that she was at risk of contracting the disease.
Low also maligned the victim's boyfriend, saying the man wanted to get her pregnant and "inherit her parents' money and properties".
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo said that Low also insulted the victim, saying she was "not a virgin, very loose", had body odour and low intelligence.
Feeling anguished and humiliated by the contents of the letter, the victim's 71-year-old father broke down, the prosecutor said.