Man admits spying on UEA students in toilets and shower

PUBLISHED: 11:21 22 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:20 22 October 2016

Mary Chapman Court, UEA. Source: Google Maps

Mary Chapman Court, UEA. Source: Google Maps

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Female students using toilets and showers at the UEA have been filmed by a student “for a number of years” a court has heard.

Luke Mallaband, 22, was once in a relationship with one of the women he recorded showering, although she had not consented to being filmed.

Norwich Magistrates Court heard the filming of students at the UEA, and other locations, had been “going on for a number of years”.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, said a woman using a gender neutral toilet in the UEA library noticed a “white plastic bag on the floor which appeared to have a hole in one corner”.

She had noticed the bag a few days before and opened it to discover a box which also had a hole in it.

“Inside the box she found an iPhone 6 which was recording.”

She went to the help desk at the UEA and reported it.

Mallaband also went to the desk and told a member of staff he would delete what had been recorded.

Following the incident, on January 19 this year, a formal complaint was made and police were informed.

Mallaband, formerly of Wycliffe Road, Norwich, was arrested a warrant was executed at his address and a number of items, including laptop and mobile phone, were seized.

They were examined by police and the phone was found to have video dating back to October last year which included footage of a woman in the shower at a property in Norwich.

In total 38 videos had been recorded on an iPhone at various locations, including toilets at the UEA, a bathroom and also at Mary Chapman Court student accommodation at UEA.

Mallaband, who told the court he now lives in Walsall, admitted six counts of voyeurism, between July 2013 and January 2016, when he appeared at court yesterday.

The case was adjourned by District Judge Stuart Miller until November 24 so a pre-sentence report could be carried out.

A joint statement from the UEA and Students’ Union said: ”The university puts the safety of its staff, students and visitors first and cases such as this are extremely rare. These are the criminal actions of one individual, acting alone, and no reflection on UEA’s secure and welcoming campus environment.”

He said Mallaband withdrew from his course and has been permanently excluded.

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