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Man who secretly filmed female students in toilets at University of East Anglia in Norwich to be sentenced today

PUBLISHED: 07:44 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 07:44 24 November 2016

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man who secretly filmed women undressing, showering and going to the toilet at a university is due to be sentenced.

Luke Mallaband, 22, placed recording equipment at locations around the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, including at student accommodation and within the library toilets.

Mallaband, formerly of Norwich and now of Yew Tree Road, Walsall, admitted six voyeurism offences at an earlier hearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court.

The offending happened between 2013 and February 2016.

He is due to be sentenced at Norwich Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

At last month’s hearing 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 helpdesk 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 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 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.

Following the hearing last month, a joint statement issued 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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