Postgrad student jailed after taking pictures of naked women in halls showers

Qilei Ren, a Southampton Software Engineering Masters student, has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to taking pervy snaps of women in the shower on his phone. Chinese […]


Qilei Ren, a Southampton Software Engineering Masters student, has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to taking pervy snaps of women in the shower on his phone.

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Chinese Ren, 23, was caught out when one of the women noticed his bright yellow Minions phone case poking over the side of the shower – he seemed to have got away with it after she decided not to take matters to the police.

The man who calls himself ‘Randy Ren’ on Facebook was then caught just days later perving on a different woman, who did raise the alarm.

Police found 47 images of the two women, naked and showering, on his phone.

At first Ren claimed he took the images to prove that it could be done with ease, but has since confirmed they were taken solely for his own sexual gratification.

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The trauma of the incident proved so severe that one of the women has since changed universities.

Judge Peter Henry, presiding over the case said “This is not an offence where people were subjected to physical contact but nonetheless what you did was a grave violation so far as these two women are concerned,”

“It’s hardly surprising that they felt uncomfortable and paranoid and violated,”

“You could only have done that for your own sexual gratification and there’s some recognition that this is the reason for it,”

“It’s quite clear that both these women have been significantly affected by what you did.”

The court also heard Ren had planned to remain at the University to complete a PhD after recently finishing his Masters, but his arrest on voyeurism charges meant he’d changed his plans.

Victoria Hill, Randy Ren’s lawyer, told the court “He felt regret and was disgusted with himself and deleted the pictures from his phone,”

“He said it was a relief when he was arrested because the conduct he pursued was not right and he said he made wrong decisions and needs to pay for them.”

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