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Worker jailed for filming naked female colleagues in washroom

Defendant put mobile phone on video mode, fixed it under sink to film women using toilet

  • By Bassam Za’za’, Legal and Court Correspondent
  • Published: 17:48 July 15, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A worker has been jailed for three months for secretly filming his three female colleagues while they were undressed in the washroom at the Thai Airlines office in Dubai.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old Indian worker, J.B., set his mobile phone’s camera on video mode and fixed it under the sink inside the washroom so he could film his coworkers using the toilet.

The Dubai Court of First Instance jailed J.B. for three months after he admitted taking secret video shots of his coworkers in the bathroom.

According to the charge sheet, the defendant molested his three female colleagues and breached their privacy and modesty when he filmed them naked in the washroom.

Police seized the defendant’s mobile phone that contained 12 video shots of an unidentified number of Thai Airlines staff while they were using the toilet.

Dubai Police’s forensic laboratory also confirmed that J.B.’s mobile contained 10 videos of pornographic nature.

“The accused will be deported following the completion of his punishment. The court ordered that the 22 video shots [found on the seized mobile phone] be erased and the phone be confiscated,” said presiding judge Ali Attiyah Sa’ad in courtroom three on Monday.

Prosecutors identified the victimised women as A.M., A.H. and M. without mentioning their nationalities.

A.M. testified that the incident happened when she coincidentally discovered the phone fixed under the sink on May 2. “When I entered the washroom, I spotted the mobile phone that was fixed with its front lens directed towards the toilet seat. It was on functioning mode… I removed the phone and checked its contents. I found a number of video shots that showed me and my colleagues undressed and using the washroom. When I walked out of the washroom, J.B. saw me. I went directly to my boss and informed her what had happened. I prevented the defendant from taking the mobile away from me. We immediately reported the matter to the police,” A.M. claimed during questioning.

Records said the defendant admitted before all his colleagues that he secretly filmed the women inside the washroom.

Monday’s judgement remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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