UAE Court Sentences 3 Months in Jail For Man Who Filmed Filipina During Shower

The Dubai Court of First Instance has sentenced to three months jail sentence a man accused of secretly filming a Filipino woman as she was taking a shower at a staff accommodation in Dubai.

The Court was told that the Indian office assistance, 21, peeped through a small hole in a bathroom wall and filmed using his mobile phone the 28-year-old Filipina receptionist as she took a bath.

The court found the accused guilty of breaching a woman’s modesty and privacy and ordered his deportation. He had earlier denied the charge in court.

The incident was reported to Al Rafaa police station on October 10, 2017. “Around midnight, I was in the shower in my accommodation when I suddenly spotted on the mirror the reflection of a man filming me with his mobile phone. I turned around and saw him standing at the small window of his room,” the Filipina said.

Upon discovery of the Indian man peeping at the hole, the woman shouted at him and then sought help from friends who were at her place. The receptionist learned later that he worked at the same company but at another branch. She said she did not know whether the accused had filmed her before and she was worried he might have circulated the video clips.

An Indian colleague of the accused said he and a companion went to the staff accommodation after he received a call.

“The receptionist was crying, and looked scared and angry. We seized the staff’s mobile phones, including the defendant’s. They all denied filming the woman. But when we told them we would report the incident to the police, the accused eventually admitted he filmed the complainant ‘unintentionally’ three times and then deleted all the clips without watching them.”

The accused admitted during interrogation that he climbed to the small window in his bathroom and used his mobile phone to secretly film the complainant. He claimed he deleted the video clips shortly after she spotted him.

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