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GM jailed for taking upskirt videos at supermarket

A South Korean man was sentenced to seven weeks' jail yesterday for taking upskirt videos at the NTUC Finest supermarket in Bukit Timah Plaza.

Lee Bok Yeon, 50, the general manager of a company in the restaurant industry, was nabbed when the boyfriend of one of his victims caught him in the act.

Lee faced 11 charges and admitted to four counts of insulting modesty on May 9 and 10 this year.

The court heard that on May 10, at about 3.30pm, the 25-year-old woman was grocery shopping with her 24-year-old boyfriend at the supermarket when he spotted Lee standing close to her.

The boyfriend noticed that whenever she bent down, Lee would follow suit.

He also observed that Lee had placed his shopping basket near her skirt. He noticed two mobile phones in Lee's shopping basket, one of which had its camera lens facing upwards.

Suspecting that Lee had taken an upskirt video, he confronted him and grabbed his mobile phone from the basket. Lee denied the accusation and tried to snatch the device back.

The phone fell to the ground and the boyfriend picked it up and handed it to a security guard. However, the guard returned the phone to Lee who ran off.

CHASED

The boyfriend chased Lee and managed to hold onto him with help from members of the public. Lee then threw the phone onto the ground, smashing it such that it could not be turned on.

Forensic investigations showed that the phone had captured an upskirt video of the woman.

Another video clip was also extracted from the phone. Investigations revealed that Lee had similarly recorded an upskirt video of an unknown woman earlier, as well as two upskirt videos of unknown women on May 9.

With his head bowed, Lee pleaded in court yesterday for leniency and said he wished to apologise to the victims and his family.

A first-time offender, he said he regretted what he had done and felt very ashamed. He added that his actions had caused his family to suffer.

"I lost my job, and my children also do not have the chance to go to school because I lost my job," he said through a Korean interpreter.

He could have been jailed for up to one year and fined for the offence of insulting modesty. - The Straits Times

I lost my job, and my children also do not have the chance to go to school because I lost my job.

- Lee Bok Yeon, 50

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