Age a key factor in deciding such cases, say lawyers

23 April 2019

As the debate rages on online about whether the perpetrator in the NUS Peeping Tom case has been sufficiently dealt with, our lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam reminds us that there are four principles at play when determining an appropriate sentence for an offender: retribution; general deterrence – or deterring the public at large from committing offences; specific deterrence, which refers to deterring a particular individual; and rehabilitation.

As opposed to just peeping, which one may rightfully or wrongfully take the position is youthful folly, there is a certain degree of premeditation in using a phone to make a video recording.

What would be an appropriate outcome in a case like this is therefore not easy to say and is for society to grapple with and come to a consensus on.


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