‘Please, give me privacy’: University student’s extraordinary request after he ‘hid a camera inside a sponge to film his female flatmates as they showered’

Posted on April 30, 2018.

An Indonesian student pleaded the media for privacy after he faced court in regarding allegations he hid a camera inside a sponge in order to film his female flatmates as in the shower.

Rico Auliaputra was due to to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday to answer a charge of filming a person in a private act without consent, the Illawarra Mercury reported earlier this week.

Police documents tendered to the court said the three flatmates were at a Wollongong unit they shared with Mr Auliaputra last October when one noticed a light flashing from a sponge, the publication reports.

Rico Auliaputra pleaded for privacy when he was approached by media outside Wollongong Local Court on Thursday

It’s alleged a camera containing a memory card was found inside, which Mr Auliaputra allegedly threw over the balcony after he was confronted by the women.

Mr Auliaputra, a 25-year-old Indonesian national studying IT at University of Wollongong, was a no-show in court on Tuesday, which prompted the magistrate to record a conviction and issue a warrant for his arrest.

Mr Auliaputra handed himself into police on Thursday, claiming he’d got the court date mixed up, the Illawarra Mercury reported.

Rico Auliaputra will return to Wollongong Local Court on May 22 for sentencing

His lawyer told the court he would not contest the conviction recorded.

Outside court, Mr Auliaputra told the publication he attempted to film the women just the one time but would not explain his actions.

‘Please, give me privacy,’ Mr Auliaputra said.

‘I’m so embarrassed.’

He will return to Wollongong Local Court on May 22 for sentencing.

Source: Daily Mail