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DUBAI – A 38-year-old Filipino administrator is in court for allegedly filming a 24-year-old Filipina partly naked in their shared apartment.
On Monday, the Dubai court heard that the Filipino secretly filmed his flatmate in her bedroom.
The woman was alerted of the incident after her friend showed her a 10-second video clip on WhatApp that showed her partly naked in her bedroom.
Her friend told her that the Filipino administrator who allegedly took the video also boasted about filming her nude.
The woman reported the matter to the police, who arrested the suspect.
She testified that the incident happened at her old apartment in Dubai.
“I was at home at Dubai Investment Park when my Filipino friend told me that the suspect had secretly filmed me nude when I was at my previous residence. Initially, I did not believe him until he showed me the clip that the suspect had sent to him on WhatsApp,” she said.
“He secretly filmed me while I was getting dressed after taking a morning shower and getting ready to go to work. From the video content, it was quite obvious that the suspect slid his hand underneath the wooden partition [that we had used to divide the room into two compartments] and made the video,” she added.
In court, the Filipino man faced charges of breaching the woman’s modesty and privacy and molesting her by secretly filming her. He was also charged with misusing the telecommunication system when he filmed the woman.
He pleaded guilty to all charges when he appeared for trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.
“Yes I made a mistake. I am sorry … please forgive me,” he told presiding judge Urfan Omar in court.
The Filipina, however, said she wanted him to face a “stern punishment”. “I am afraid that he might use the video against me and upload it on the internet,” she told prosecutors.
A ruling is expected on July 30. GAD/Expat Media
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