Fijian student charged for filming host showering
November 3, 2019 4:30 pm
A Fijian homestay student who secretly filmed his host in the bathroom was also found with footage of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
23-year-old Josevata Hamilton Turagakula Raikoti pleaded guilty to making intimate visual recordings, theft and possessing an objectionable publication when he appeared in the Dunedin District Court in New Zealand last week.
Otago Daily Times reports NZ Police may never have found the footage of March’s massacre had the defendant’s hidden cameras not been found in the family home in April.
Raikoti’s cellphone was sent away for forensic analysis to uncover the extent of the covert filming and staff in the electronic crime laboratory found more than they expected.
The defendant had downloaded a video – labelled “in Christchurch Mosque” – on the day of the attacks.
Raikoti claimed he had simply clicked a link and the file had automatically downloaded to his phone.
He told the police he “only watched it two or three times.
The new charge resulted in Raikoti being denied bail and he has been in custody for at least three months now.
Early this year, Raikoti imported several mini-cameras which he hid in the bathroom of the family’s home.
The Court heard one was taped to a bucket and pointed at the shower.
The battery-operated devices would record for an hour then the defendant would retrieve them and download the footage to his phone.
Raikoti repeated this method on 40 occasions.
During the same period, he sneaked into the victim’s bedroom and stole at least five pairs of her underwear.
Raikoti admitted it was all done for his sexual gratification.
The victim’s father said the entire family, who had embraced the defendant as one of them over the four years of his stay, were disgusted by his actions.
The man said he wanted Raikoti to be locked up for his crimes and then immediately returned to Fiji.
Raikoti will be sentenced in February next year.