Poly student admits recording women in toilet, lifts, escalators

Gerald Che, 20, pleaded guilty to three charges of voyerism and will be sentenced at a later date. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)
Gerald Che, 20, pleaded guilty to three charges of voyerism and will be sentenced at a later date. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE — A 20-year-old male polytechnic student on internship with a hospital secretly recorded a staff relieving herself at Jurong Medical Centre in January, a court heard.

Police later found 17 similar videos of other female staff, taken in the span of just one week, in Gerald Che's phone.

He admitted taking voyeuristic videos at various locations including his school, MRT stations, public buses and shopping malls from 2016.

At the State Courts on Tuesday (15 June), Che pleaded guilty to three charges of voyeurism.

He is expected to be sentenced on 14 July, pending a report on his suitability for probation.

About the case

Che, who is studying information technology at Republic Polytechnic, began interning at the National University Hospital (NUH) as an IT support staff in September last year.

He was later stationed at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital before going back to NUH. In January, he was stationed at Jurong Medical Centre, which is a one-stop medical care centre offering a range of services including day surgery, outpatient specialist services and diagnostic services.

On 11 January, a 27-year-old staff entered the female staff toilet to relieve herself. Che, who had been loitering outside, followed her and raised his handphone above the toilet cubicle divider to record a video of the victim.

The victim noticed the phone but did not find Che when she exited. She made a police report later that day.

Che was arrested the next day and police officers found 17 other voyeuristic videos of female staff relieving themselves at Jurong Medical Centre, which were taken between 4 January and 11 January, in his phone.

Over nine occasions in 2020, he also recorded upskirt photos of women at various locations around Singapore. He would stand behind the victims on escalators or in lifts.

He admitted taking obscene videos from 2016 and even took two upskirt videos on escalators in his school.

For each of his proceeded charges, Che can be jailed for up to two years, and also fined and caned.

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