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MTR peeping Tom had tiny camera in his shoe

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 4:05am

The owner of a religious incense shop has received a two-month jail term suspended for two years for taking videos up skirts of women at an MTR station using a pinhole camera embedded in his right shoe.

Yeung Wai-lun, 33, pleaded guilty in Kwun Tong Court last month to two counts of committing an act outraging public decency. Police found 35 video clips in his mobile phone.

Yeung, a former community worker, was addicted to peeping but had consulted psychologists and psychiatrists after his guilty plea, defence lawyers said.

He had resorted to the acts because he felt tremendous pressure being trapped in a sunset industry - selling joss sticks and other items of traditional Chinese worship - the court heard.

"A suspended jail term would be severe enough to send you a warning," Deputy Magistrate Kennis Tai Chiu-ki said yesterday.

In November, Yeung followed a woman into a train carriage at Kowloon Bay MTR station. The woman noticed he had put his right shoe between her legs and alerted a friend, who stopped Yeung when he got out at Diamond Hill and put the mini camera in his trouser pocket. Yeung was then arrested.

Yeung said the pinhole camera was originally installed in a van to monitor the road. He said clips taken in shops and shopping malls and on escalators were for his own viewing. He could have been jailed up to seven years for his offence.

According to the University of Hong Kong's Community Legal Information Centre, acts outraging public decency encompass all grossly scandalous behaviour or behaviour that is offensive and injurious to public morals.