Tuesday, September 21, 2021

'Unsuitable for probation': Undergrad from top UK uni who illicitly filmed 11 women

 A student from a top UK university who admitted to illicitly fiming women, most of whom were known to him, was found to be unsuitable for probation on Monday (20 September). 


This means that the 23-year-old man may be subject to other penalties such as reformative training, or imprisonment, when he is sentenced. 

The man's lawyer Kalidass Murugaiyan, sought an adjournment from the District Judge as he had queries for the probation officer and the clinical psychologist who assessed his client. They relate to how the risk assessment process was carried out in assessing his client, and how their "moderate high" risk assessment was made.

The "moderate high" assessment appeared to be linked to his "poorly controlled" mental health condition, and seemed to be a significant factor in the probation officer's final decision, said defence counsel. He also wanted to clarify if a court-ordered mandatory treatment process would affect his or her assessment.

The accused had pleaded guilty on 29 July to seven out of 14 charges of insulting a woman’s modesty between 2015 and 2018, and one count of possessing five obscene films. 

These relate to 12 female victims, 11 of whom he knew personally. He had filmed them mostly during gatherings at his residence.

The identity of the man is currently under a gag order to protect the victims. The prosecution is seeking to lift the gag order, stating in an earlier hearing that all the victims had been unanimous in their support of this.

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