Okay, remember that dude who picked up an iPhone and was fined three times the price of the device?
He taught us a valuable lesson on not messing with other people’s possessions.
In case the emphasis wasn’t strong, here’s another case which I trust is gross enough to get the point across.
Convict Posted Lewd Photos on Instagram
Lim Wei Ming, 35, is a former Grab driver.
While working one night in 2018, Lim came across a pair of black shorts on a clothing rack in Choa Chu Kang. Instead of leaving it alone like one should, he masturbated and ejaculated onto the shorts.
Before placing it back on the clothing rack, he took pictures of the garment, which he uploaded to Instagram on Aug 14 last year with a graphic caption.
Now I’m paranoid about drying my clothes outside.
He subsequently posted two photos of a pair of pink female underwears taken outside a Tampines home, as well as four pictures of himself sniffing and posing with it.
Yes, all on Instagram.
Shortly after, Lim received numerous complaints from Instagram users that prompted him to take down the photos.
A total of 38 reports were lodged against him on the police’s “I-witness” platform. One account alleged that he was “sexually harassing people” and performing lewd acts to others’ clothing items.
He was arrested two days later and had been held in psychiatric observation at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) until recently.
Sentenced to a S$2,400 Fine
During investigations, police found four obscene videos on his mobile phone, which he sent to someone named Sim Teck Koon through WhatsApp on 6 Aug 2019.
He admitted to downloading the videos.
A psychiatric evaluation by IMH found that he had a fetishistic disorder with a specific predilection for female intimate wear.
He is, however, not intellectually disabled or mentally unsound while committing the offences.
Eventually, he was convicted for public nuisance and possessing obscene videos today (18 Sep). The charges resulted in a S$2,400 fine.
For public nuisance, Lim could have been fined up to S$1,000. For possessing an obscene film, he could have been jailed for up to a year, fined up to S$40,000, or both.
“I’ve Realised My Mistake”
In court last year, Lim told District Judge Adam Nakhoda: “I’ve realised my mistake. Because of my mistake, my mum suffers a lot.”
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sean Teh initially sought a fine of S$1,000 for public nuisance and S$4,000 for possession of obscene videos.
Judging by the 38 reports lodged, the prosecutor found his act to have caused a “significant amount of public annoyance”.
Instagram: creating problems since it was born.
In mitigation, Lim’s lawyer David Nayar stated that his client is now jobless and getting “non-stop psychiatric treatment” at IMH.
“The posts spread like wildfire but it wasn’t his intention for it to be seen in that manner,” he added.
The sentence was finalized after taking into account his month-long remand at IMH before being released on bail.