THE PROBLEM PERSISTS, AND PERSISTS…
It is almost as if the arrest of the NUS student, who allegedly installed two hidden cameras in the bathrooms of the College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT), was not enough to prove a point. Dual confessions on 9 March have revealed to the public that while the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be slowing down in Singapore, the same cannot be said for the epidemic of sexual violence and voyeurism as more cases hit the front page of the news.
NSF Lau Jun Wei pleaded guilty in court for trepassing into NTU spaces and domitories, and taking voyeuristic videos of men showering or performing sexual acts in private. In Jurong Point mall, he once filmed himself masturbating another person, and much later filmed two men masturbating each other without their consent.
Former trainee doctor and Singapore Permanent Resident Jerry Christian Nagaputra also pleaded guilty in court after attempting to take a video of a man peeing next to him in a urinal in Bugis Junction. The man noticed his suspicious behavior and confronted him. Upon checking Nagaputra’s phone, he found multiple videos of other men relieving themselves at urinals.
WHAT WERE THE PENALTIES?
The NUS student is being investigated for criminal trespass and suspected voyeurism. If found guilty of criminal trespass, he could receive jail time of up to three months. For voyeurism, he could likewise face jail time of up to two years, be fined, caned, or any mix of these penalties.
In Lau’s case, due to his expression of remorse, young age, lack of prior criminal offenses, and the presence of mental illnesses, the Judge had requested for a probation suitability report, postponing his sentencing to 6 April.
Similarly, Nagaputra has been seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, and an adjustment disorder. This led to the Judge requesting for a Mandatory Treatment Order (a compulsory requirement for the Offender to undergo psychiatric treatment) and also postponing the sentencing to 6 April. The charge for each obscene film made can be jail for up to two years, a fine of a maximum of 40,000 SGD, or both.
Despite several high profile cases in the past year, the culture of sexual violence appears to be not letting up.