Singapore

Man jailed for threatening to circulate nude photos

A 20-year-old student befriended a man 16 years her senior on Facebook, met him in April this year, and by May, had sex four times with him.

Lawrence Ang Thim Huat, who is self-employed, took photographs of the woman on three of the occasions when they had sex.

When the 36-year-old asked her to be his girlfriend, she rejected him and their relationship deteriorated.

On May 24, Ang uploaded two photographs of her in lingerie on Facebook.

He did this to create the impression that she was dating him as there were other men who were interested in her.

When she found out about the photographs, she told him to remove them.

He apologised and asked her again to be his girlfriend, but she declined.

Angered by her rejection, Ang sent her a string of WhatsApp messages between 8.08pm and 11.06pm threatening to tarnish her reputation by circulating her nude photographs.

He also threatened to print the photographs and share them with his friends.

The victim made a police report the next day.

Yesterday, Ang was sentenced to three months' jail for criminal intimidation.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jesintha Veijayaratnam had asked for at least six months' jail, citing Ang's past convictions for extortion and for rioting, and causing hurt with a weapon. - ELENA CHONG

COURT & CRIME