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Lankan doctor in London caught secretly filming women in public

A senior doctor used his iPhone to secretly film women in public places – including the police officer who arrested him, a medical tribunal heard.

Dr Thilanga Kasun Iddamalgoda was arrested by a plain-clothes WPC who noticed he was behaving suspiciously as he sat on the steps of London’s Trafalgar Square.

After he was arrested and the phone was analysed, the officer found out that she was one of his victims.

The 32-year-old doctor, a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, used his mobile to capture videos of women’s thighs, chests and groin areas as he sat in the bustling square last August.

He sat outside the National Gallery, surrounded by women dressed for the sunny weather in vest tops, skirts and shorts, a hearing was told. The medic, who is pursuing research into heart conditions, later accepted a police caution for outraging public decency. Giving evidence before a misconduct hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, PC Tiffany Anderson said she was ‘disgusted and upset’ to realise she had been a victim.

The officer said she had been on duty at the square with two fellow officers at 4.45 p.m. She first noticed the doctor sitting near her on the steps but he moved to sit closer to a couple sitting a step up from him. Anderson said: “There was a woman with a very short skirt on. The movement to me seemed unusual. He was also shielding his phone. He couldn’t have been shielding it from the sun because there was a lot of shading.

He was shielding the screen very closely, so he didn’t want people to see. He didn’t appear to be reading a text message. “He appeared to have his phone to his right, it appeared to be in the direction of the lady in the short skirt. He was sitting two steps in front of me. I caught a glimpse [of his phone] and it was on camera video.”

Iddamalgoda, who qualified at the University of Aberdeen in 2005, then made his way to Nelson’s Column where he continued to hold his phone and manoeuvre it around him at waist height. Anderson and the other officers approached the doctor.

Anderson explained she was a police officer and told him she had been watching what he was doing. She said: “I believe his words were, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it is the first time”, and “I’m sorry, please don’t arrest me”. I arrested and cautioned him.”

Courtesy: Daily Mail