SINGAPORE – He has taken so many up-skirt videos of women that he does not know the exact number of victims.
In his latest attempt, Euan Liew Sheng Qi, 26, targeted a woman at Bedok Reservoir MRT station, who called the police after she suspected that she was a victim.
On Wednesday (Dec 1), Liew, a fresh graduate who has just started working, was sentenced to four weeks’ jail for insulting the modesty of a woman by filming an up-skirt video.
It was not stated in court documents which school he graduated from nor his occupation.
The Singaporean first saw the 26-year-old woman at the platform of MacPherson MRT station on the way home at 9pm on July 17. They sat next to each other when the train arrived.
“While on board the train, (Liew) glanced at her repeatedly, as he thought she was attractive,” Deputy Public Prosecutor Melissa Heng told the court.
At around 9.45pm, they alighted at Bedok Reservoir station and Liew decided to take an up-skirt video.
When she took the escalator heading up, he stood two steps behind her and raised his right leg up one step. He placed his wallet and phone on top of his knee, with the camera facing upwards.
She felt a slight brush on her right thigh and turned to see the phone on Liew’s knee near the bottom of her skirt. She waited for him at the station’s fare gantry to confront him.
Realising he may have been caught, Liew loitered near the escalator and deleted the video he took.
She pretended to leave the station, hoping to lure him past the gantry, but eventually called the police.
They traced Liew, who presented himself for investigations.
DPP Heng said: “When interviewed by the police, the accused admitted that he had taken up-skirt videos on other occasions but could not recall how many times he had done so. He deleted the videos after using them to satisfy his own urges.”
The phone was seized by the police and no up-skirt footage was found, said DPP Heng, who sought a jail term of four to six weeks.
She said Liew should not be considered a first-time offender, given that he admitted that this was not his first attempt at filming such videos.
Defence lawyer B. Rajendraprasad urged the judge to issue a short-detention order or a fine, as Liew was a fresh graduate who had just started working, and a jail sentence could affect his career.
A short detention order is a community sentence in which offenders are detained in prison for up to 14 days but will not have a criminal record after their release.
District Judge Kevin Kwek ruled that a jail term was better suited to deter such offences and said: “Deterrence is relevant given that cameras are coming in all shapes and sizes… the perverse can use this technology anywhere.
“A strong message should be sent to those who harbour such thoughts.”
Before heading to jail, Liew was given 10 minutes to speak with his parents, who gripped his hands tightly across the dock before they parted ways.
For insulting the modesty of a woman, he could have faced a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a fine.