NTU Peeping Tom tries to delete videos from phone
As he hid in a shower cubicle, a peeping Tom, who allegedly filmed fellow male undergraduates bathing, frantically deleted the evidence from his iPhone.
But four quick-thinking students who caught him checked the Recently Deleted folder and found 66 incriminating video clips of men showering.
The incident started at about 1am yesterday when a resident of Block B in Hall 16, a hostel at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), noticed something amiss while he was showering.
The victim declined to speak to The New Paper but Mr Paul Lee, 22, the president of Hall 16, said: "My friend, the victim, spotted a mobile phone on top of his cubicle when bathing.
"He rushed out of the bathroom to call three other people, including me."
The suspect locked himself in a cubicle, and the four waited outside it for about 10 minutes.
Mr Lee said: "My friend was very angry. He kept banging and shouting for him to come out."
When the alleged voyeur came out, he tried to return to his room, but they blocked him. The suspect kept mum throughout the confrontation until they discovered the clips in his phone.
Mr Lee said: "He passed us his phone, unlocked it, and we saw the clips in the Recently Deleted album. They were videos of other men."
The suspect then pleaded with them not to report him, but they went ahead and reported it to campus security.
Mr Lee said: "It is unfortunate that my residents have been violated in such a perverse manner. Voyeurism is not tolerated.
"We hope the police and relevant authorities will take harsher actions against the people who commit such acts to serve as a stern warning and also deter potential offenders."
The police said the 24-year-old man was arrested for possession of obscene materials.
Investigations are ongoing.
An NTU spokesman said the university is assisting police in the investigation.
He said: "Security is the responsibility of all members of the university community.
"While the campus security team regularly patrols NTU's halls and works closely with the police on security matters, students are advised to be vigilant and to look out for each other's safety."
TNP understands that another undergrad was caught in a similar case at the same hall on May 1.
Hall 16 resident Khairul Anwar, 23, said: "This is the second time it has happened and everyone just can't believe it.
"I'll take precautions when bathing, like check who is in the toilet, not taking too long to shower, and just look over my shoulders when showering."
A resident who declined to be named and lives on the same level said: "I was thoroughly creeped out yesterday knowing there was a chance that I was in one of those 66 videos."