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Perverts are applying the sneakiest of tactics to spy on women, especially in public spaces.

James Chow was at a clothing store in a popular shopping mall in Bandar Sunway when he noticed a man acting suspiciously in close proximity to several female shoppers.

In a post that’s being widely circulated on Facebook, Chow recalled the incident that happened on Sunday, 3 March at around 7pm:

“While I was shopping with my girlfriend (at a clothing store in the mall), I witnessed a guy in his 40s (carrying a few ‘shopping bags’) secretly recording upskirt videos of female shoppers,” he wrote.

The man hides his phone in one of the shopping bags he was carrying.

He reportedly followed several women who were wearing skirts very closely while angling the shopping bag so that the phone is directly under the unsuspecting victims.

After observing the man’s behaviour, Chow quickly informed mall personnel.

Upon witnessing the man’s actions, security guards apprehended the man and brought him to a nearby police station. To their shock, police found hundreds of upskirt videos in the man’s phone.

Chow – who lodged a police report (below) over the incident – was perplexed when the police said such cases “happen quite frequently in shopping malls”



In his post he also advices, “Ladies who wear skirts, be careful of your surroundings when you are shopping especially when someone approaches you closely behind with a ‘shopping bag’ in hand. There might be a recording camera inside

You can read Chow’s full post here:

SAYS

Eight Malaysian victims of a job scam who had been stranded in Liberia will be returning home, following diplomatic efforts by Wisma Putra to secure their release.

The group will arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today.

It is the second incident this year, following the release of 47 Malaysians from a Cambodian prison after they were found to be victims of a human smuggling syndicate.

Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the eight were Sarawakians who were cheated by a Malaysian job syndicate.

He said he was alerted about their plight a month ago and had kept constantly in touch with Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

Assistance was sought from Liberian Foreign Minister Gbehzohgar M Findley to seek the release of the Sarawakians, with Malaysia despatching two special envoys to Monrovia on Feb 26.

Yii said authorities should investigate the activities of unscrupulous job syndicates enticing locals to faraway countries with the promise of lucrative jobs.

“Those responsible must be brought to justice and people must be given better protection. People must be educated to be always vigilant against such activities. They must not fall victim.”

FMT

On 1 March, a woman took to her Twitter account to out a driving school instructor in Selangor. She accused the instructor of sexually assaulting her for four hours last Monday, 25 February.

“He touched/grabbed my hand, thighs and my butt,” the Malaysian woman wrote on her post.

The instructor kept pushing her for her contact number, invited her to movies and insisted to hang out at his place after the classes.

She also added in her post that “I believe he must have done this before and no actions were taken.”

“I am posting this publicly because this isn’t a mere accusation. I am very traumatised over what has happened. Also, putting this up online because I know how much this centre cares about their reputation,” she wrote, adding that she has nothing to lose.

“I am sure there’s more of Cikgu R____’s (and other teachers’) victims but they chose to stay in silence because they are terrified like me. I am done staying quiet as it is eating me up alive. For your child’s safety, I do not recommend you to this centre at all.”

Following her tweet that went viral, the woman also shared a screenshot of her Instagram story, in which she claimed she was not the only victim. “A few have DM-ed me and shared that they were harassed too by other instructors from the same centre,” she said.

According to the latest update posted by the woman on her Twitter account on 3 March, police have arrested the instructor

“Cikgu R____ has been arrested by the police. The police investigation is ongoing.

“I would like to thank every one of you who helped to bring awareness upon this case. Thank you to the other victims who have approached me. May everything goes well,” read the woman’s tweet that was posted on Sunday.

SAYS

SEPANG: Police have warned the public to be on the lookout for imposters who claim to be immigration officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), saying 18 individuals were arrested last year for the offence including taxi touts and illegal porters.

KLIA police chief Zulkifli Adamshah said the imposters were usually dressed in a blazer similar to the immigration officer, and would normally prey on Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis.

He said the imposters were usually Malaysians who were fluent in different languages.

“From reports we received, the imposters would stop these travellers and try to convince them they may have passport problems.

“In return they solicit for money, and if they fail to obtain money, they would threaten the travellers,” he said.

“Our latest arrest is a 57-year-old man. He’s going to be charged under Section 170 of the Penal Code,” he said.

Foreign travellers were advised to inform the police if they were asked for money by people who claim to be immigration officers.

Meanwhile, KLIA Road Transport Department chief S Sarawana reminded airport users to ignore taxi touts.

“We have arrested 33 taxi touts and will continue our operations since there is a rise in taxi touts,” he said.

FMT

A homeless man who broke into a woman’s home and sucked on her toes as she slept faces years in jail .

Richard Michael Parkhurst, 29, claimed to be a god-like, mythical man sent from heaven to seduce women.

But he was today convicted of one count of burglary , one charge of peeking into an inhabited building and two counts of indecent exposure.

Jurors in Seal Beach, California, gave a not guilty verdict on a charge of assault with the intent to commit a sex offense after hearing twisted Parkhurst exposed himself at a woman walking her dog.

Later that day in October 2017, the burglar snuck into another woman’s house and sucked her toes.

Damning DNA evidence confirmed Parkhurst was the culprit.

“She was sleeping on her couch and woke up when she realized he was sucking on her toes,” prosecutors said.

Parkhurst, originally from Seal Beach, California, was homeless at the time, the court was informed.

He was seen peeking into other homes in the same area that day.

After his arrest, warped Parkhurst touched himself while staring at a woman at the police station.

The court was told he passed a note to the jail guard, in which he claimed he was a “Zeus-like god who was sent down from the stars to seduce women”.

His lawyer said: “Mr Parkhurst developed a delusion that he was a Zeus-like god who was sent down from the stars to seduce women,’ his lawyer wrote.

“It was his destiny to seduce women, and they would willingly have his children.

“Mr Parkhurst believes that is progeny will create a super race that will save the planet.”

Court documents show the defendant was grieving his girlfriend and lost his home during the struggle in October 2017.

Jurors heard how Parkhurst “began hearing voices emanating from his television, telling him to do things” and even spent time in hospital.

He will be sentenced on April 5.

Mirror.co.uk


Bangkok: The cyber law passed to protect government websites and databases from hackers.

According to the new law, the state officials have the right to raid, seize and copy online information

Under the suspicion of cyber crimes, the seize electronic devices can behold legally up to 30 Days.

However, the law is passed despite protests from legal experts and activist. The state authorities may raid or seize the electronics devices without a court warrant and people can’t appeal against their actions.

The Thailand legal rights advocacy group ILaw said the law is “an online martial law” as it had such tight state control.

The dean of Rangsit University Anusorm Tamajai stated that “There’s no clear definition of what constitutes a threat to cybersecurity, and the authorities cannot be checked or held accountable.

Anti-government hacktivism has occasionally happened in Thailand, the most recent case was in 2016.

Thailand already has a though computer law, if found guilty of sharing fake news online people can be jailed up to five years.

The Sun

WASHINGTON – The fast-growing, Chinese-owned video sharing network TikTok agreed to pay a US$5.7 million (S$7.6 million) fine to US authorities to settle charges that it illegally collected personal information from children, officials said on Wednesday (Feb 27).

The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty by the social network, which had been known as Musical.ly, was the largest ever in a children’s privacy investigation.

The social network, which has been surging in popularity with young smartphone users and taking over from rivals like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, failed to obtain parental consent from its underage users as required by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, FTC officials said.

“The operators of Musical.ly – now known as TikTok – knew many children were using the app, but they still failed to seek parental consent before collecting names, email addresses, and other personal information from users under the age of 13,” said FTC chairman Joe Simons.

“This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law.”

TikTok claimed some 500 million users worldwide last year, making it one of the most popular worldwide apps.

Owned by China’s ByteDance, it expanded its reach in the US with the merger with Musical.ly.

Teens have been flocking to the service, which allows them to create and share videos of 15 seconds.

According to the FTC, the company required users to provide an email address, phone number, username, first and last name, a short biography, and a profile picture.

The consumer protection regulator said 65 million accounts have been registered in the United States.

Officials said the company knew that many of its users were under 13 and should have taken greater precautions.

“In our view, these practices reflected the company’s willingness to pursue growth even at the expense of endangering children,” said a statement from FTC commissioners Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter.

“The agency secured a record-setting civil penalty and deletion of ill-gotten data, as well as other remedies to stop this egregious conduct.”

TikTok has faced criticism around the world for featuring sexually suggestive content inappropriate for children.

TikTok said in a statement it would create a “separate app experience” for younger users with additional privacy protections as part of its agreement with regulators.

“It’s our priority to create a safe and welcoming experience for all of our users, and as we developed the global TikTok platform, we’ve been committed to creating measures to further protect our user community – including tools for parents to protect their teens and for users to enable additional privacy settings,” the statement said.

This article was published in asiaone.com

By Maya

A woman who killed her husband in a hammer attack has won an appeal against her murder conviction after arguing she acted as the result of decades of abuse. Georgina Challen, 65, known as Sally, said she killed her husband Richard, 61, at their home in Surrey in August 2010 after 40 years of being controlled and humiliated by him. She was jailed for life in 2011 after being found guilty of his murder, but today had her conviction overturned in a landmark case on the basis of ‘coercive control’.

Challen’s case, which is supported by Justice for Women, was brought forward after lawyers argued that ‘fresh evidence’ on the issue of coercive control would help a jury today reach a different verdict. Lady Justice Hallett said the court was satisfied that the fresh evidence undermined the safety of her previous conviction. At her 2011 trial at Guildford Crown Court, Challen, of Claygate, Surrey, admitted killing her former car dealer husband but denied murder, claiming diminished responsibility. The prosecution case was that it was the action of a jealous woman who suspected infidelity. She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years, later reduced on appeal by four years. The defence of coercive control as a form of domestic abuse only passed into law in 2015, so was not available to Challen at the time of her trial


Her barrister, Clare Wade QC, told the court today that, because it was not understood at the time, the issue of coercive control was ‘not sufficiently marshalled and not sufficiently analysed’ for the argument that was being run in Challen’s defence. She said: ‘Our understanding of coercive control has developed since the appellant trial.


It wasn’t known about at the time of the trial and it wasn’t fully appreciated and, because of that, the facts weren’t presented in a way that was consistent with coercive control.’ She said the theory of coercive control explains how behaviours are used to abuse people in relationships and ‘shifts the emphasis away from physical harm’. There were incidents Challen had mentioned in her police interview, including the fact she received no help from her husband as a new mother, which were not put forward in evidence because they were not thought to be relevant at the time, Ms Wade said.

The barrister also said forensic psychiatrist Dr Gwen Adshead, who saw Challen in prison in 2015 after she suffered a manic episode, had concluded she was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing. Dr Adshead believed these were ‘suppressed’ by the coercive control operating within the marriage. Scores of demonstrators attended the hearing, which ran over two days, following a high-profile campaign by Challen’s sons David, 31, and James, 35. Speaking before the hearing, David Challen said: ‘This affects not just our mother but thousands of victims who don’t have a voice, both men and women. ‘Me and my brother have spoken out, not just for our parents but for other victim too.

-metro.co.uk

KUANTAN: Police have arrested a local businessman in connection with the missing diamond and ruby ring worth RM2.89mil from a jewellery outlet in Genting Highlands on Sunday.

The 46-year-old businessman, from Kuching, Sarawak, was arrested in Bentong at 4.30pm on Wednes­day.

Pahang Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the suspect, who deals with imported goods from China, also operates a budget hotel in the federal capital as well as provides luxury car rental service through the WeChat application.

“The man is believed to know the two key suspects in the case as they had used his luxury car rental service a few times to Genting Highlands, including on the day of the incident, as well as to send them to Kuala Lumpur International Airport a few hours later.

“The local businessman had also followed the (key) suspects to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, on Sunday, but decided to return to Malaysia on Tuesday after finding them (suspects) not in the hotel,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Following the arrest of the businessman, Supt Mohd Wazir said police were taken to a hotel in Kuala Lumpur where the key suspects were alleged to have stayed, but the footage of a closed circuit television camera at the hotel did not have their image and there was no record of them being registered as guests.

He said police would request for an order to remand the businessman for further investigations.

Based on media reports, a Chinese national in his 50s went to the jewellery shop at 12.50pm last Sunday and asked to have a look at the ring.

The man examined the ring for about 20 minutes but then said he was not interested in it and left.

However, an employee noticed that the ring differed slightly from the one that was shown to the “prospective customer” and asked a colleague to test it. The ring was found to be a fake. — Bernama

-The Star

Only 14, James (not his real name) once ordered his parents out of the master bedroom so that he could sleep there.

He also physically assaulted his father multiple times.

James would also smash objects at home, and these episodes happened so frequently, police officers at the police station near their home have become familiar with the family, said his counsellor.

His father eventually had to take out a personal protection order (PPO) against the boy.

Counsellor Clinton Galistan said: “The parents had become hostage to the situation, and the boy controlled the family.”

Such cases, where children are abusive towards parents or grandparents, are not as uncommon as some may think, experts told The New Paper.

Statistics from the Family Justice Courts showed that of the average 2,841 fresh PPO applications filed between 2014 and 2017, 8 per cent were by parents against children. This is double the 4 per cent filed by children against parents.

Earlier this week, The Straits Times reported how in 2016, a 16-year-old student armed himself with a steak knife and stabbed, slashed, punched and kicked his father when he refused to give him $2,000.

Now 19, he pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to causing grievous hurt to his father.

Experts told TNP they are seeing more cases of children attacking their parents. And the children are getting younger.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on Wednesday, the number of children whose parents had to resort to filing Beyond Parental Control (BPC) complaints against them was at a 10-year high last year.

There were 108 new cases last year – against 71 cases in 2016 and 85 in 2017 – and most of the complaints were against children aged 13 to 14.

Interestingly, between 2009 and 2017, most of the BPCs were taken out against girls. (See report on Page 4.)

Some of these cases have also escalated to the point where the parents live in fear of the child.

Psychologist Carol Balhetchet related a case where a mother of a 14-year-old was so afraid of him she did not dare return home alone. Instead, she would wait for her husband to finish work and go home with her.

Her son had physically attacked her more than once.

Mr Galistan, the director of justice and institutions at Lutheran Community Care Services, said cases of abusive children are common.

“The social paradigm and dynamic is changing, parents let their kids get away with a lot of things and at some point, the parents become a hostage to the situation,” said Mr Galistan, who had been a senior prison officer and had worked at both prison school and Assumption Pathway School.

Dr Balhetchet said it could be something similar to “the little emperor syndrome”, where parents overindulge their child or give in when the child throws a tantrum. This will lead to the child feeling like he should be getting his way.

“And in moments where the parents cannot control the child and lashes out or uses violence, the child learns that is how he can gain control,” she added.

The problem of abusive children is not unique to Singapore.

The Daily Mail reported in 2017 that a UK-wide survey in 2016 by researchers One Pulse found three in 10 mothers claiming to have been physically attacked by their children.

The BBC also reported that in 2015, figures from the Crown Prosecution Service showed 2,549 teens aged 14 to 17 were prosecuted for a range of domestic abuse offences on family members and in-laws, an increase from 2,114 in 2013-14.

The youngest defendants were aged 10 to 13 and of these, 11 were convicted.

This article was first published in The New Paper

By Maya
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