The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed an 18-month jail sentence to a 21-year-old local man who pleaded guilty to three charges of filming two women in the bathroom.
In handing the sentence to Muhd Nurjawaini bin Musli, Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid said that his actions were a serious violation of privacy for the sole purpose of fulfilling his sexual desires, which called for a deterrent sentence.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi told the court that on October 2, the defendant went to visit a friend and noticed the latter’s sister.
By 6pm, the defendant saw his friend’s sister going to the bathroom. He took out his mobile phone and started recording, while he bent down quietly and filmed his friend’s sister from under the bathroom door gap.
He managed to record six videos for a total length of 17 minutes.
The following day at 4pm, the defendant came over to the house again, where he noticed the victim’s 41-year-old friend entering the bathroom.
Once more, he took out his mobile phone and bent down to record from under the bathroom door gap, but only managed to capture the woman’s legs.
Unsatisfied, he raised his mobile phone to a framed window above the bathroom door and captured everything. He managed to take a total of three videos.
On October 4, the defendant came over to the house yet again, on the pretext of helping his friend to clean his bedroom.
At 10pm, his friend’s sister and her companion came home from an event. Thirty minutes later, the sister went into the bathroom.
On seeing this, the defendant took out his phone and took two videos of the victim inside the bathroom from under the door gap. He also managed to take one video from the framed window above the door.
This was when the victim saw the reflection of a hand holding a mobile phone up to the window. She shouted, asking who it was, and the defendant immediately ran to his friend’s bedroom.
In shock and outrage, the victim dressed herself and came out of the bathroom, to ask who had been peeping in at her.
The defendant’s friend then confronted him and asked for his mobile phone.
The defendant surrendered the phone, where the victim saw obscene videos of herself.
A police report was filed, and the defendant was arrested at midnight.
The defendant admitted that he had committed the offences out of lust.