Flatmate filmed women in shower 'to check water use'
A sales executive who put a small camera in a shower to record his female flatmates claimed that he did it to monitor their water consumption, not to watch them.
The Filipino made the claim during a hearing at Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday where he denied charges of sexual molestation.
The 40-year-old told the court: “I put the camera up to monitor the water and see how much they were using while having a shower.”
Official records stated that a 33-year-old Filipina - who lived in the house in Muraqabbat with another woman and the defendant’s family - stumbled upon the small camera in the bathroom ceiling while taking a shower earlier this year.
She said: “I was looking up and saw the camera which seemed to be linked to a USP. I finished my shower and went to my computer. I saw two videos of me having a shower and two of my roommate . There was also footage which showed the defendant’s face.”
The Filipina said that she and the other woman confronted the defendant and he apologised to them. They then went to police to make a complaint.
“He was crying and asked for forgiveness and asked us not to inform police,” the second victim added in official records.
Prosecutors said they believe the man may have been filming the women for some time as they found old clips on the camera dating back to 2008.
The case has been adjourned until later this month.