HKU peeping Tom suspect arrested for filming female student in shower

A Japanese exchange student was arrested after being caught on camera rushing back to his room at the time of the incident

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 8:59pm
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 10:58pm

An exchange student at the University of Hong Kong was arrested on suspicion of trying to film a female student showering in the university’s dormitory.

The case raised concerns over security at the dormitories, as students say the female washrooms can be accessed easily by anybody because the facilities, with shower and toilet cubicles, are not protected by any security system.

Police confirmed that the student was arrested on August 5 for loitering. The man is now released on bail and needs to report back to authorities in mid-August, ­according to the police.

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A source with close knowledge of the case said the suspect was 19 years old, holding a Japanese passport. The source said the ­Japanese consulate and the man’s family had been informed about the case.

An HKU spokeswoman said the university would provide assistance and counselling to the female student if needed.

She added there were alarm bells in toilets and CCTV installed in public areas around the dormitory, as well as a 24-hour security guard, and that the university ­would review security measures ­constantly.

The full-time accounting and finance student, who is in her final year, told the Post that she was ­taking shower on the fourth floor of HKU’s Simon K.Y. Lee Hall in Pok Fu Lam just past midnight on August 4.

About five to 10 minutes into the shower, she suddenly spotted a mobile phone above the locked door of the shower cubicle, filming her, she said.

“I noticed it immediately and tried to catch the phone but failed, and the person ran away,” said the student, who declined to be named.

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She reported the case to the police on the same day.

The Japanese student, who came to HKU for a summer programme, was identified by the hall manager, after he was seen on closed-circuit television footage hurrying back to his room at the time of the incident, according to police documents cited by the female student.

Officers also showed her a photo of the suspect’s phone, which she recognised as the one she saw over the door of her ­shower. Investigations are ­ongoing.

She also said the university should provide better protection, and that she and other female ­students are now ­“worried” about using the dormitory toilets.