Man facing deportation after filming men's genitals in bathrooms at Christchurch mall

Man facing deportation after filming men's genitals in bathrooms at Christchurch mall
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A man who was found guilty of spying on men while they were in a public toilet at a Christchurch mall is now facing deportation.

The migrant, who has name suppression, was found to have 101 videos and images, saved in a folder named "Spy Toilet", of men's genitalia, as they used the urinal at Riccarton's Westfield Mall. 

The 23-year-old was caught when police raided a cubicle in the men's toilet in January 2018.

He was found guilty of wilful damage and a representative charge of making the intimate visual recordings, in a judge-alone trial at the Christchurch District Court in December, for poking holes in the toilet wall, Court News reports. 

The man took the explicit images through holes poked in the cubicle wall or by going over the top of the wall. 

Now he faces possible deportation to South America following his sentencing on Tuesday. 

Judge Tom Gilbert sentenced the man to six hours of home detention and 100 hours of community work and immigration authorities may consider his deportation immediately. 

Had he been sentenced to jail time, Immigration New Zealand would have considered deporting him after he had served his sentence, Court News reports. 

In December 2017, mall staff found the holes in the wall at about waist height, allowing a view to the men's urinal. They repaired the holes but later found they had come back. 

Security footage showed the man using a small screwdriver to make a hole in the cubical wall and then using his cellphone to take the pictures and videos.

The court heard how he would stay in the cubical for more than an hour. 

His defence lawyer Natalie Wham said the man considered himself to be a better person than he was when the offending happened and he apologised to his victims. 

The man has been refused name suppression but has appealed the decision in the High Court. That appeal hearing has been held but the decision has not yet been released.