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Singapore jails restaurant worker for using hidden phone to film woman in toilet

To cover up his attempt to film a woman at his workplace toilet with a hidden mobile phone, a restaurant worker in Singapore broke into three staff lockers to retrieve the device – after it had been discovered.

Mohamad Norhakim Mohd Ishkandar later lied to the police that he had set fire to the phone.

The 26-year-old Malaysian pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge each of voyeurism and obstructing the course of justice.

He was given seven months and four weeks’ jail. His sentence was backdated to April 18 when he was first remanded.

Two other charges, one of mischief for damaging the lockers and one for trespassing into the female toilet, were taken into consideration for sentencing.

His actions had been uncovered by a customer, who spotted the device while using the restaurant’s toilet.

The name of the victim cannot be published due to a court order protecting her identity.

The court heard that Norhakim was an assistant manager working at The Garage Restaurant at 50 Cluny Park, located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, at the time of his offences.

On the evening of September 22, 2023 at around 6.56pm (local time), Norhakim was caught trespassing into the female toilet at his workplace on closed circuit television footage.

He entered the toilet intending to use his mobile phone to record a video of females inside.

He placed his black iPhone 10 in one of the cubicles, between a sanitary bin and flowerpot, and adjusted the position of the camera so that it would capture toilet users. Then, he turned on the phone’s video recording function.

At about 8pm, the victim – a customer dining at the restaurant – entered the female toilet with her young son.

While in the cubicle, she noticed the phone and found that a video recording had