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Dubai shop vendor installs camera in toilet to film colleague, gets jailed

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on August 18, 2020 | Last updated on August 18, 2020 at 09.14 pm
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In one of the recordings, a suspect is seen fixing the camera before a woman got inside to use the facility.

A vendor working at a shop, who installed a camera inside a toilet at the outlet to secretly film a female colleague while using the facility, has been sentenced to six months in jail. 

The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 33-year-old man, an Asian, guilty of a sexual assault charge and ordered his deportation after he completed his jail term. 

The vendor was reported to Naif police station on March 9 by a female colleague who spotted the camera that was fixed on a mop stick.

He had put the camera there to secretly film his colleague while she used the facility.
The complainant, a 27-year-old Filipina vendor, said she was on the job at 7pm on March 8 when she went to the toilet.

"I wanted to clean up shortly later and as I took the mop, a small camera fell off the stick. It has a memory card. I kept it and showed it to my colleague. She told me it is a camera."
During the public prosecution investigation, she recalled how she took the camera home and ran the memory card on her laptop. "It showed the defendant getting inside the washroom on the same day and fixing the camera on the mop stick on video mode.  He entered shortly before I did."

She complained against him the next day at the Naif police station.

According to the forensics report, the memory card that was then seized by the police and later used by the prosecution investigator was found to contain 17 footage recordings inside a toilet. 

In one of the recordings, a suspect is seen fixing the camera before a woman got inside to use the facility.

The accused admitted the charge during the police interrogation and the public prosecution investigation.

He can appeal the ruling within 15 days from the issuance date. 


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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