Man Lured Another into Sex Act, Took Photos, Then Threatened to Report to
Extortion and Gross Indecency
Times, September 1, 2004
By Chong Chee Kin
Teh Yew Hock chanced on a man in a public toilet at
Woodlands MRT station and persuaded him to perform oral sex on him.
While the man was doing it, Teh, 51, took pictures of him
with his camera phone.
He then threatened to go to the police with the pictures
and forced the 55-year-old victim to give him $16,500 over a one-month period.
Yesterday, Teh, who is unemployed, was jailed 3 1/2 years after he admitted to
charges of extortion, attempted extortion and gross indecency.
He could have been jailed for up to 10 years.
A district court heard how Teh met his victim, whom he
‘believed to be a homosexual’, at about 4pm on June 7.
The victim, a dishwasher, suggested going to the toilet
on the fifth floor of Causeway Point Shopping Centre next to the MRT station.
They went into a cubicle.
When Teh started taking pictures of him, the victim
stopped what he was doing.
Teh warned him that he would be in trouble if he reported
the incident to the police, Deputy Public Prosecutor Eddy Tham told the court.
Said the DPP: ‘He then pretended to call the police... and pretended to hang
up when the victim pleaded with him not to do so.’
Teh, who initially demanded $7,000 from his victim in
return for not making a police report, asked for $2,000 more when he realised
that his victim had over $10,000 in his bank account.The dishwasher paid up
but Teh continued harassing him for money.
It was not until July 5 that Teh was captured by the
police when he met his victim to extort $2,500 from him. By then, Teh had
extorted $16,500 from him.He spent most of it on horseracing and betting on
4-D and Toto. All that was left was a $115 Seiko watch Teh bought with the
money and $235 cash in his wallet when he was caught.
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