Judge seeks figures on upskirt video crimes

Be Keng Hoon.

SINGAPORE - A judge asked the prosecution to find out if there has been a rise in "upskirt video" crimes after dealing with two such cases on Wednesday.

First, District Judge Christopher Goh saw 36-year-old Be Keng Hoon charged with taking 264 recordings of women's underwear and thighs.

Then, former logistics officer Lim Kwang Yeow, 54, pleaded guilty to six charges of intruding into the privacy of his victims by using his mobile phone to tape upskirt clips in 2011.

He was arrested at Centrepoint shopping centre, where he worked, on Oct 13, 2011. Another 237 similar charges would be taken into consideration.

Noting that there had been quite a large number of such cases being brought to court recently, Judge Goh deferred Lim's sentencing to Sept 4. This was to give the prosecution time to find out if such crimes are on the rise here.

Just last week, former Land Transport Authority engineer Kew Guozhi was jailed for 15 months for taking upskirt videos of his female colleagues using a camera pen clipped to his shoelace.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to 11 charges, with 412 similar incidents involving other women at various locations taken into consideration. He was caught in December 2010 at Takashimaya, where security staff noticed his suspicious behaviour. Like Kew, Be allegedly used his cellphone by tucking it into the laces of his shoe.

The slim, bespectacled man, who indicated he will plead guilty, allegedly committed the offences between Oct 1, 2011 and Aug 14 last year. One of the incidents occurred at Ion shopping mall.

His case will be mentioned again on Aug 29. The maximum penalty is a year's jail and a fine on each charge.

elena@sph.com.sg

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