Man admits hiding spy cameras in women's toilets at university

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 July, 2007, 12:00am

A former property agent has admitted installing two spy cameras in the women's toilets at the University of Hong Kong to gratify his sexual fetish.

Lee Hung-fat, 30, who had originally been charged with loitering, pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an act outraging public decency.

Eastern Court heard that he put the cameras in the toilets of two academic blocks at the Bonham Road campus with the lenses pointed at the seats.

After he was caught, other photographic gear was found in his rucksack along with a number of short video clips of different women using the toilets.

Lee told police under caution that he wanted to 'dress as a female in the toilet for fetishism', but remained silent in response to other questions, the court heard.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of drug possession after police found a small quantity of Ice, a lost HKU student card and a lost passbook in his rucksack.

He told police that he had 'picked up' the lost items and denied any knowledge of the drug, the court heard.

Acting Principal Magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong, voicing worries over Lee's mental state, remanded him in custody for sentencing on August 3 pending a report from a psychologist and psychiatrist.

Lee told the court that he felt he might have psychological problems.

The prosecutor said that on the late afternoon of May 15, a student saw Lee walk out of the female toilet of the university's Chow Yei Ching Building and informed a security guard, who found a pinhole camera on top of a cubicle.

Two days later, a guard saw Lee leave the female toilet of the Kadoorie Biological Science Building, gave chase and caught him.

A camera was found stuck with adhesive tape on a toilet hinge.

Police found his fingerprints on one of the hidden cameras.