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Voyeur posed as student to film woman in toilet.

A VOYEUR posed as a student to film a young woman in the toilets at Cardiff University library, a court has heard.

Mohammed Arshad, 20, mingled with other students before slipping into the ladies toilet and waiting for a victim.

The court heard a second-year student was in the next cubicle when she spotted a mobile phone camera over her head.

Prosecutor Paul Hewitt said: "She saw a hand holding a mobile phone peering over the cubicle wall and realised someone in the next cubicle was trying to film her. She started banging on the door telling whoever was inside to come out but he refused to do so." Cardiff magistrates heard the victim and her boyfriend waited for Arshad to leave - then took him to security where he handed over his mobile phone.

Police later found an image taken when he was on the campus in May this year.

Magistrates heard he claimed to have wandered into the ladies loo by mistake and was adjusting his clothing when his hand, holding the mobile, accidentally went over the cubicle partition.

But he pleaded guilty to voyeurism by recording a person doing a private act for his own sexual gratification.

Arshad, of Cathays, Cardiff, was given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Tim Petrides, defending, said: "He is deeply ashamed and embarrassed, he has lost his good name, good character and a lot more."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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