SINGAPORE – A 27-year-old man, who captioned a photo of his wife having sex with her boss, on Facebook, and captioned it, was sentenced to 13 weeks in prison on Friday (December 3rd).
The public post went viral with thousands of shares.
The Singaporean man, whose name has not been released due to a gag order to protect his wife’s identity, previously pleaded guilty to counting each theft and distributing an intimate image. Two more charges related to possession and distribution of intimate footage were considered in the sentence.
The court heard that the wife of the man who moved out of his wife’s house in December 2019 was suspected of infidelity. Deputy Prosecutor Foong Ke Hui said that he visited her on February 6 last year, snatched her phone from her hand and fled with her.
He reviewed the content on his phone to confirm his hunch that he was having an affair.
She found videos of her completely naked and a photo of her having sex with her supervisor and saved them on her phone.
He gave his wife’s phone back to him without telling him that he was recording intimate content.
On February 12, he publicly posted a picture on Facebook of his wife having sex with her supervisor at 8am, with the supervisor’s name and job in the caption. He also included pictures of the examiner and text conversations he had with his wife.
“The defendant claimed he did it because he didn’t want others to suffer the same fate as him. He described (the supervisor) as a home accident and warned people to be aware of it,” said DPP Foong. There is reason to believe that this behavior will cause humiliation of his wife.
Soon after, his wife’s friends and supervisor alerted them to the Facebook post, which went viral, garnering 3,000 likes, 2,000 shares, and 1,000 comments by 4 pm.
Overwhelmed by the attention, the guy removed the post, but later re-uploaded it because he wanted everyone to know what the reviewer was up to. This time his wife’s face was blurred, but her naked body and the inspector’s face were fully visible.
Demanding an 18-month prison sentence, DPP Foong said he removed the post a day later.
District Judge Kessler Soh postponed the start of his prison sentence to allow the prosecution to file an appeal.
Defense attorney Wee Hong Shern requested a prison sentence of five to seven weeks, urging the judge to consider the defendant’s actions the result of a “bad relationship” and that the man was acting out of anger.
Mr. Wee said, “(The Inspector) had tried to crown his success by recording his relationship. These are the people the prosecution protects – the (auditor) who are so despicable of morality.”
He said most cases brought to court were more serious. Some cases involving the uploading of intimate videos to pornography websites were given lighter sentences of several months, as opposed to the 18 months sought in the present case.
DPP Foong responded by saying that in many cases of “revenge porn”, criminals who upload intimate images often have the impression that they are being wronged.
“This in itself cannot be a mitigating factor,” he said, adding that the man had no remorse.
Regarding the 13-week prison sentence, Judge Soh said the present case was less serious than those stated in court, and that the man was dismayed by his wife’s infidelity.