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Jail for pious upskirt pervert

'Celibate' Christian who did not believe in sex before marriage took 4,800 voyeuristic videos and photographs of women throughout city

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:57am
 

A pious Christian was jailed for four months yesterday for taking about 4,800 upskirt videos and photographs while he stood behind women on escalators, stairwells and even in offices.

Before 29-year-old Chau King-wah was sentenced, defence counsel Rita So told Sha Tin magistrates' court that the defendant was a strict Christian. He and his girlfriend had been celibate throughout the four years they had dated as they did not believe in sex before marriage, she added.

However, Magistrate Merinda Chow Yin-chu said the case had revealed the non-Christian side of the computer technician.

Chau was being jailed to get the message across that no woman was willing to let strangers take upskirt photos of them, she added.

Chow also warned that the number of such cases was on the rise given the technological advances and widespread use of mobile phones.

Chau had pleaded guilty to 21 counts of committing an act outraging public decency and one count of behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place. The crimes spanned 18 months.

So said Chau understood that he had humiliated his victims and had failed to show them respect.

The court earlier heard that Chau followed one victim through Fo Tan MTR station when he was on his way to work on August 2 last year.

A police officer saw Chau standing behind the woman on an escalator and placing his mobile phone below her skirt. The officer arrested Chau and, under caution, he admitted filming up the woman's skirt.

He told police that he took the video as a way of releasing stress.

Police later searched his home and seized 4,512 upskirt videos and 279 upskirt photos, the court heard. Some of the women had been unwittingly filmed as they sat in rooms in the presence of other people.

The defence counsel said Chau blamed family and work pressures as well as his curiosity about sex. But Chow told the defendant: "Everyone has pressure from work and family … This was not a right way to release your pressure."

In yesterday's mitigation submissions, So said Chau had taken the initiative to deal with his sexual obsession, and had consulted a social worker 11 times.

So said Chau had removed the lens from his camera and has not taken the MTR since his arrest. She added that Chau's parents, who were in court yesterday, fully supported him even though they were ashamed of his crimes.

 

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