Jail term for ‘Peeping Tom’ increased

Fadley Faisal

The High Court increased the jail term of a man sentenced to two months’ jail for voyeurism to six months’ imprisonment yesterday.

DPP Atiyyah binti Abas appealed against the Magistrate’s Court sentence on Mahmud Sulaiman bin Haji Husin citing that the sentence was “manifestly inadequate”.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong agreed with the applicant.

He considered that the offence involved a serious violation of a woman’s privacy for the purpose of sexual perversion and its sentence must be a deterrent.

“Public toilets must be safe for women to use,” the Chief Justice said on handing judgement yesterday. Mahmud pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court on March 28 when he was sentenced to two months’ jail.

The brief facts of the case stated that on March 26 when the victim went to use the female toilet at the Pekan Bangar Bumiputera Complex in Temburong, she “felt someone observing her”. When she looked up, she saw Mahmud looking down at her from the next toilet.

She screamed and Mahmud ran away. The victim told her friends waiting for her in the complex about the incident and one of them detained Mahmud at the back of the building. A police report was lodged leading to Mahmud’s arrest where he admitted that he had entered the toilet stall next to the victim and peeped at her for his sexual gratification.