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MTO report called for pump attendant who tried to peek at woman in toilet

Wan Ting Koh
·Reporter
·2-min read
An Esso gas station
An Esso gas station. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A pump attendant at a petrol station tried to peek at a woman in a toilet by peering through the blinds on the toilet door.

Lee Zhen Wei, 28, did not manage to see the 42-year-old woman but the victim saw his shadow outside the door.

On Tuesday (5 January), Lee, who has multiple psychiatric disorders, pleaded guilty to one charge of insulting a woman’s modesty. A mandatory treatment order report was called to assess his suitability for the sentencing option, for which an offender would receive psychiatric treatment in lieu of a jail term or a fine.

The Singaporean was employed as a pump attendant at ESSO petrol station along Tampines Avenue 7 when he committed the offence.

On 18 August 2018, Lee was on duty when he noticed the victim entering the female toilet.

Lee then went to the toilet door, squatted and tried to look through the gaps of the door, which had downward facing blinds.

He intended to peep at the victim while she was using the toilet but the blinds hampered his vision.

The victim saw a shadow outside the toilet door through the blinds and dashed out after flushing the toilet.

Lee ran hastily into the male toilet upon hearing the flush and was discovered by the victim, who confronted him. He admitted that he tried to spy on her.

The prosecution did not object to the calling of an MTO suitability report. Lee will return to court on 2 February for his sentencing.

For insulting the modesty of a woman, Lee may be jailed up to one year, or fined, or both.

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