SINGAPORE, Aug. 24 – A 26-year-old regularly planted hidden cameras in a Starbucks café in Holland Village, which is popular with young adults so that he can get women's video footage using the toilet.
Digital marketing specialist Clarence Tang Jia Ming also filmed some of his female friends in the bathroom of his home in Loyang Rise at Pasir Ris and also stole a camera from one of his friends.
London pleads guilty to 31 charges yesterday, Tang is the last of five members of the online forum site Sammyboy to be prosecuted, after the Ministry of Education filed a police report on November 11, 2016 to find obscene videos of girls in school uniforms that circulate on mainly sites with a sex theme and other websites.
The charge against Tang, known under the username "zidy" on Sammyboy, included a count of possession of more than 2000 obscene films for distribution and 30 points of insulting a woman's modesty.
Forty-five other similar costs will be taken into account during the sentencing of Tang, which is likely to take place next year.
This is because a Newton hearing is planned for his case because there were conflicting accounts about whether he is suffering from a psychiatric disorder.
Such a hearing is for experts from both the prosecutor and the defense to testify and cross-examine in court to resolve the disputed points before a judgment is pronounced.
Tang's psychiatrist found that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has a change in personality. This finding is challenged by the psychiatrist Kenneth Koh of the Institute of Mental Health, the witness of the Prosecution.
Tang is to return to court for a pre-trial conference on September 4th.
The Newton Hearing is scheduled for January 18 next year.
Yesterday the court heard that Tang had been a Sammyboy member for five years since 2009 before he began to become interested in making "movies" using hidden cameras.
He worked with another forum user, Kenneth Ong Yi Jie.
Earlier in February, Ong, 27, a customer service representative, was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the modesty of at least 250 women and girls and carrying 57 obscene films with the intention of distributing them online.
Ong went by the name "Peterwong SG" and regularly published many obscene videos that were recorded in Singapore, so much that Tang asked him if he could teach him how to repair hidden camera's.
Some time in 2014 Tang Ong met at the Starbucks outlet in Holland Village to learn how to integrate a hidden camera – which was in the form of a metal wall hook – into the unisex toilet of the café.
Ong showed that the hook camera could be glued to the wall with double-sided tape, and Tang told that there was a specific wall tile on which the camera had to be glued to get the best corners.
After installing the camera, the duo waited for about 90 minutes before Ong had picked up the camera and downloaded the footages onto his laptop.
Ong then gave a hook camera to Tang, who used the device to record more than 70 clips from various unsuspecting women who shower or light themselves between 2014 and 2015 – in the same Starbucks café, his home or a female toilet in Ngee Ann Polytechnic usually used by students who study nursing.
Tang was caught on November 29 when the police invaded his house.
The first two times that Tang had only planted the camera, he sent the footages to Ong via Skype. Ong would edit and label the videos before they prepare them for online circulation.
Later Tang would edit and label his own videos before he would share them with Ong. During editing, Tang removed the obscene videos of men or women who looked older than 25 years.
Filming of his friends and their families
Tang has not spared his female friends. On one occasion in 2014, he knew that a 22-year-old friend would come to visit, so he placed a hidden camera in his bathroom, which captured the shower room. The friend ended up in his place while unknowingly compromised in the process.
On another day, another friend was filmed under similar circumstances.
As for the camera that he planted in his friend's house, which he often visited during the weekends, he installed it somewhere in 2015. The camera fixed the showers of his family members.
Deputy Prosecutor Li Yihong described Tang as "proficient in placing cameras" and who took "countless" videos of unsuspecting victims in school uniform or clothing.
The victims were recognizable because, as she noted, the recordings were in color and "very high quality and resolution" and viewers could hear what the women or girls were doing or saying. The shooting angles captured their faces clearly while sitting, as did their private parts when they stood up to clean themselves.
Li also noted that the cameras could be remotely controlled to switch between video recording, photo & # 39; s making and motion detecting modes.
For his 30 accusations of insulting a woman's modesty, Tang could be locked up to one year per charge and a fine.
The accusation of having obscene films for distribution has a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of S $ 80,000.
Three other men – sales engineer Joel Chew Weichen, 27; unemployed man Ali V P Mohamed, 46; and fund accountant Shaun Lee, 28 – received prison sentences of six months to two years for their crimes. – TODAY