Singapore

Teen involved in SG Nasi Lemak group chat pleads guilty to possessing obscene films

An 18-year-old student pleaded guilty yesterday to one charge of possessing obscene films on his mobile phone.

He was among four men arrested in October last year in islandwide raids to bring down the SG Nasi Lemak chat group, which was used as a platform for sharing obscene photos and videos of girls in Singapore.

The student, who cannot be named under the Children and Young Persons Act, was found to have 59 video files containing obscene material stored on his mobile phone.

They were classified as obscene as they had explicit depictions of a variety of sex acts and close-up depictions of genitalia.

Two charges involving sharing of obscene material were also taken into consideration.

The four suspects were all charged over their alleged involvement in transmitting obscene material in the chat group, which hosted upskirt images.

The police seized more than 10 electronic devices, including a central processing unit and a laptop, as case exhibits.

Another man linked to the case, Justin Lee Han Shi, was sentenced last Friday to a year's probation after he admitted to sharing obscene films with other members in the SG Nasi Lemak Telegram group chat.

The 20-year-old had pleaded guilty last month to an offence under the Films Act, admitting that he possessed more than 400 obscene films last year.

As part of his sentence, Lee must remain indoors from 11pm to 6am every day and perform 40 hours of community service. His parents were bonded for $5,000 to ensure his good behaviour.

The cases against the other two men - Leonard Teo Min Xuan, 27, and Liong Tianwei, 38 - are pending.

The group, which was reportedly set up around two years ago, had about 44,000 members when it was active.

It saw a membership spike late last year as more people became aware of it. Group members had to pay $30 as an "entry fee" before being allowed in.

It made headlines after a Twitter user stated on Sept 30 last year that she had been mentioned in the group. Other Twitter users subsequently came forward to express their disgust at the obscene content being circulated in the group.

COURT & CRIME