Singaporean jailed for installing spy app on wife’s phone
Relationship stress is nothing new and can sometimes cause us to lash out at our partners.
For this couple, however, their relationship taking a sour turn had some pretty bad consequences – and even involved using a spy app.
Nicholas Wang Weichou, 30, was recently sentenced to two weeks in prison for unlawfully harassing his wife. He had apparently done so by using a spy app on his phone to track his calls and verify his location.
Wang was also sentenced to an additional five months for money lending offenses unrelated to his harassment charge.
I installed a spy app on my wife’s phone
The Straits Times (ST) reported that on April 5, Wang pleaded guilty to unlawfully stalking his wife and two other unrelated counts of lending money without a license.
Five other counts, including obstruction of justice by destroying evidence, were also considered at sentencing, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) noted.
In August 2020, Wang secretly purchased and installed an app, TTSPY, on his wife’s phone.
The app gave him access to his social media posts, voice recordings and call logs. He reportedly paid around 108 Singapore dollars (US$80) per month for a two-month subscription.
Using the app, he was able to track her whereabouts, listen to her phone calls, and even hack into her social media accounts.
According to ST, Wang’s actions were the result of the downward spiral in their relationship.
Upset by their constant arguments, he installed the app while his wife was taking a nap. He then started monitoring his activities with his own phone.
On September 6, 2020, Wang used the app to delete his wife’s Facebook post regarding a recent feud between the couple.
He then posted their text conversations to his Facebook and Instagram accounts. The messages have been set to “private” so that only his wife can see them.
Wang then allegedly sent threatening messages to his wife, such as:
No need to tell others I’m hacking your account. No one can help you.
He also locked her out of all her social media and email accounts.
On September 8, 2020, Wang’s wife filed a police report. Hearing this, Wang tried to throw his phone at Boon Lay Market.
TODAY reported that Wang also returned access to all social media accounts to his wife after the police report was filed.
Five months for unrelated loan fees
In addition to his harassment charges, Wang was charged with two counts of lending money without a license.
In November 2020, he borrowed S$400 from a loan shark known only as “Nick”. When he was unable to repay, Wang agreed to help Nick harass other debtors for money.
Wang installed bike locks and placed debtor notes on victims’ front doors to scare them away, TODAY said.
Those accused of stalking can be imprisoned for up to one year, fined up to S$5,000, or both.
Hope Wang learns from his mistakes
It is not uncommon for partners to argue seriously. However, going behind your partner’s back to stalk them is not the right way to react to a difficult relationship.
Perhaps Wang can reflect on his mistakes in prison. We also hope that his wife will be able to recover from this disturbing experience.
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