SG uni student took upskirt video of woman in toilet and then waited to apologise to her


DPP Arvindren said Zhou admitted to the police that he had recorded the victim while she was in the toilet. — Image by kjpargeter on Freepik

SINGAPORE: A Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student, feeling remorseful that he had filmed a woman in a campus toilet, waited outside to apologise to her, a court heard on Sept 29.

Zhou Zhiwen had already deleted the video by then but felt he needed to make amends.

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The 22-year-old Chinese national pleaded guilty on Sept 29 to one charge of filming an upskirt video.

District Judge John Ng called for a report to assess Zhou’s suitability for a mandatory treatment order (MTO).

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Those given an MTO will undergo treatment for their mental conditions in lieu of jail time.

The incident happened on Feb 5, 2021 at NTU.

The victim, who was 20 at the time, had entered a toilet around 15 minutes before her class at 9am.

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Zhou, who was taking a break from his tutorial lesson, saw the victim entering the toilet and followed her.

Deputy Public Prosecutor R. Arvindren said the accused knew the victim was in the only locked cubicle and entered an adjacent cubicle.

Zhou then held his phone below the toilet cubicle partition with the rear camera facing upwards to film an upskirt video of the victim.

The victim was partially undressed when she noticed a shadow in the adjacent cubicle.

When she looked down and saw a phone, she shouted and Zhou ran out of the toilet.

He deleted the video immediately and waited for the victim outside the toilet, to apologise to her.

The victim was traumatised and rushed to her class to inform her classmate.

The victim's professor was then informed and the campus security was alerted. Zhou was arrested by the police that same day.

DPP Arvindren said Zhou admitted to the police that he had recorded the victim while she was in the toilet and claimed he did so as he was feeling stressed and emotional.

The accused also admitted that he has done this multiple times before.

The prosecutor said an Institute of Mental Health report dated May 2022 showed that the accusedwas suffering from early psychotic symptoms at the time of his offending, and this may have contributed to the offending behaviour.

The Straits Times has contacted NTU for comment.

For each count of voyeurism, an offender can be jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or receive any combination of such punishments. – The Straits Times (Singapore)/Asia News Network

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