A peeping tom was caught red-handed for allegedly filming a woman in a toilet cubicle yesterday (Dec 25) at NTUC Income Tampines branch.
According to a Facebook post (link at the end of the article) published by the victim Emilia Chong, she spotted the man “trying to video (her) peeing” in the adjoining toilet cubicle.
When confronted, the man apologised profusely and claimed he deleted the videos of the victim. Emilia further claimed that the man then ‘manhandled’ one of her friends and ‘rushed to escape’.
Fortunately, one of Emilia’s guy friend along with two bystanders managed to apprehend the man.
Emilia took the man’s phone and claimed that she saw he had “more than 10 videos of girls undressing and peeing in the next cubicle”.
The police arrived and detained a 30-year-old man at the scene and upon preliminary investigation, the man was subsequently arrested.
“The Police treat such cases seriously and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who commit such offences,” police said.
Emilia also lamented how the police were allegedly nonchalant about the whole incident:
In response to the police officer’s remark about how the IO (Investigating Officer) could just let the pervert off with a warning, Emilia questioned if such leniency could embolden more perverts.
Most of the comments in the Facebook post agreed with Emilia.
What does the law say about perverts?
There are two laws that can be applied for incidents such as the one faced by Emilia:
- Criminal trespass
- Insulting a women’s modesty
One can be sentenced to up to a year of imprisonment, or with fine, or both.
On January 2018, a construction worker was sentenced to two weeks’ jail for criminal trespass and four weeks’ jail for insulting a woman’s modesty. The worker had peeped into an adjoining cubicle where a 21-year-old woman was in. The incident happened at Orchard Towers.
Here’s the Facebook post in full:
I usually share cats and dogs videos, but PLEASE help to share and raise awareness of said pervert in Tampines because…
I usually share cats and dogs videos, but PLEASE help to share and raise awareness of said pervert in Tampines because there is a chance he might be left off with just a warning and continue with his abhorrent antics!
Yesterday, me and my friends caught this man hiding in the female cubicle of W Junction Tampines ground floor toilet (NTUC income building, beside Tipsy Penguin). He was trying to video us peeing and was caught red-handed. He came out of the cubicle with us staring at him wide-eyed and immediately apologised saying “sorry sorry please give me a chance…i deleted YOUR videos already”. I am sure he was hiding there for at least an hour plus as 2 cubicles (total 3 cubicles, 1 was always under maintenance) were vacant when we went an hour ago.
Naturally, we weren’t about to let him go. We demanded his phone and we tried to call the police. That’s when he manhandled one of us and rushed to escape. Luckily one of our guy friends was waiting outside for us to be done and we managed to successfully apprehend the perv with the help of two bystanders.
We made a police report. I took his phone and look through his gallery. The Perv had recorded MORE THAN 10 videos of girls undressing and peeing in the next cubicle. He was apologising non-stop and he even said MERRY CHRISTMAS. Yeah tell that to Jesus and ask him forgiveness BITCH. Wah you hoseh bo?
When the police came and saw what happened instead of immediate arrest, they had to call other officers and rummage through the CCTV footage of the building. Finally an officer came and arrest him while we were asked to stay and provide statement. We stood around for half an hour or more before we decided to ask if they really needed our statements. They were just looking at CCTVs, the management wasnt being very cooperative either. okay protocol. I understand.
And the police officers were really lacking in empathy when none of them asked if we were alright or whatsoever, and even asked if the accused ever confessed verbally that he was taking the videos. Like HELLO? We had hard evidence from his phone, CCTV footages and eye witnesses who heard him apologising about his actions and caught him red handed trying to record in the ladies bathroom. Not enough evidence meh? And to our horror, when we asked what would happen to him, the officer said depending on the IO, he could be let off with just a warning. (i will update on this later though)
Honestly, Is this the message we are trying to send to all perverts across the country? That’s the first step to emboldening and endorsing their behaviour. Do we really have to wait till something major happens and then we take action? Who is going to be responsible for our trauma and the mentally stressed situation that happened to us and all the victims? Yeah it may seem like NOTHING but try being in this situation. I am so sick of these perverts who think it is totally fine to do such things and get the fuck away with it.
Ladies, please beware of your surroundings, especially quiet toilets. It can happen to me, it can happen to any one of us. AND please ah dont say girls must always go toilet together.