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Pinoy ‘Peeping Tom’ locked up for 6 months

28 March 2019

Eastern Court

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipino bartender accused of entering a female toilet twice in Quarry Bay in February was jailed for a total of six months on Mar 27 by an Eastern Court magistrate after he pleaded guilty to two counts of “loitering causing concern.”

The sentencing came after prosecution filed a second charge for the same offence against Eduardo Pakit, 44,  after a review of CCTV footage showed him following a woman into the same toilet in a shopping center in Quarry Bay a day earlier.  

Pakit, who just two weeks earlier told the High Court that the police had arrested him by mistake, this time pleaded guilty to both

Court records show that at 4:01pm on Feb 16, a female tenant saw Pakit emerging from a cubicle in the basement ladies’ toilet for shop owners of Manly Plaza on King’s Road. The door, which can be opened by using a code, was unlocked.

The woman asked Pakit why he entered the toilet, but he ran away. He was suspected to be peeping at another lady who was using an adjacent cubicle at the time. The witness got worried but did not report the incident.

At about 3:20pm on Feb 17, another female tenant saw Pakit using a cubicle in the same toilet, alarming her. She suspected that he was peeping and told two other female tenants.

The three women reported the incident to the building security and police were called. CCTV footages for the specific times on those two dates showed Pakit following two different women into the toilet and later running away.

A search was launched in the area and he was arrested in a pub on Feb 19. He was charged in Eastern Court on Feb 21.

In a police ID parade on Feb 22, Pakit was identified positively by the first witness. Eastern Magistrate Peter Law refused bail for Pakit when he was charged on Feb 21.

The defendant went to the High Court on Mar 13 to apply for bail, saying he was worried about the safety of his wife and their 13-year-old daughter if he remained in custody. He said the girl would be left alone at home because his wife was working.

But Judge Joseph Yau of the Court of First Instance said the case against him was very strong and there was a risk he would loiter again into women’s toilets if he got out. The judge refused his bail application.

Sentencing Pakit on Wednesday, Magistrate Law said he was a repeat offender who had figured previously in five loitering cases in women’s changing rooms on a beach, and in ladies’ toilets in shopping malls.

Law imposed a sentence of three months’ imprisonment for each charge, to be served consecutively, keeping Pakit behind bars for six months.


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