Date
17 October 2017
The Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court is hearing the case of a policeman who has been charged with taking indecent videos of women at rail stations. Photo: RTHK
The Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court is hearing the case of a policeman who has been charged with taking indecent videos of women at rail stations. Photo: RTHK

Policeman pleads guilty to taking upskirt videos at MTR stations

A police investigator has pleaded guilty to taking upskirt videos of women at commuter rail stations earlier this year, attributing his conduct to work-related stress.

The officer, who worked for the Identification Bureau of the police, said he committed some foolish acts at MTR stations as he couldn’t think properly after a murder investigation and excess work.

Expressing remorse, the defendant — a 34-year-old surnamed Or — said he suffered from post-traumatic stress after investigating a case of brutal murder.

As he sought to divert his mind, he took some videos and photos of women secretly at MTR stations, the officer said, pleading guilty to charges of outraging public decency.

The Kwun Tong Magistrates’ court heard Wednesday that Or was caught taking an indecent video at MTR’s Sham Shui Po Station on May 12 this year.

A girl, aged 22, was filmed up her skirt as she was riding an escalator.   

Some commuters noticed the incident and subdued Or before handing him over to authorities.

Examining his mobile phone, police found 25 similar video clips featuring 13 other women. The videos were all taken at MTR’s Mei Foo and Admiralty Stations the same day he was arrested.

Or, who joined the police force eight years ago and became a crime scene investigator this year, was then charged with 14 offenses of outraging public decency.

Seeking court leniency, the defense lawyer argued that his client had been a good cop and that he committed the crime only because he suffered too much pressure, Apple Daily reports.

As he had made repeated visits to the scene of a brutal murder, Or began suffering mental problems, including hallucinations, the lawyer said.

Or was also under stress as he had been taking care of his wife who was troubled by postnatal depression, according to the lawyer.

On top of that, he was having issues with his landlord and burdened with a heavy workload.

According to the lawyer, Or started having hallucinations after he took part in the investigation into a bizarre murder case in late March, when a body encased in concrete was found in a Tsuen Wan industrial building.

Or claimed that he saw dead bodies in dreams after he worked on the case, and that he felt cursed.

A psychiatrist had diagnosed Or as suffering adjustment disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, which could affect his judgment and self-control, the lawyer told the court.

Hearing the arguments, a magistrate said he will examine medical reports on the defendant’s mental status before giving a ruling.

That said, the crime appears to be serious enough to warrant some jail time for the defendant, the judge said, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Or was granted bail on Wednesday. The next hearing on the case will take place on February 7.

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