Date
19 August 2017
Eastern Magistrates' court will announce a sentence on July 17, pending the defendant's psychological and psychiatric reports. Photo: RTHK
Eastern Magistrates' court will announce a sentence on July 17, pending the defendant's psychological and psychiatric reports. Photo: RTHK

HKU student admits to secretly filming hall mate in the nude

A University of Hong Kong (HKU) student has admitted to three counts of dishonest use of a computer after he allegedly installed a video recorder inside a dormitory of a female resident.

Ha Cody Jims, 21, said he broke the law out of impulse and regretted his actions, news website hk01.com reports.

Ha confessed that he had secretly filmed the female resident on three occasions between April and July last year in the student hall of HKU’s St. John’s College.

Ha and the female student know each other but are not close friends, Eastern magistrates’ court heard.

The woman found a micro video recorder on a book shelf in her room and subsequently found footage of herself, including nude images, in the memory card of the recorder.

Some shots showed Ha adjusting the camera.

The woman told her boyfriend about the incident. Ha confessed to the hall staff who called the police.

Investigators later found 13 video clips from Ha’s computer, with nude footage of the female student.

Ha was born in the US and returned to Hong Kong to study. He obtained a scholarship to study actuarial science at the HKU after graduating from Pui Ching Middle School.

In his defense, Ha said he committed the crime due to enormous pressure from examinations, according to Ming Pao Daily.

A magistrate will announce a sentence on July 17, pending Ha’s psychological and psychiatric reports.

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