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Landlords accused of filming student lodger

Dec 16 2011

A University of Victoria student is alleging her former landlords installed a hidden video recording device in her basement suite and recorded her in some of her most private moments.

Devon Harrington, an education student, says Robin Mitchell entered her suite without her knowledge or consent and made recordings of her in states of undress, showering and using toilet facilities.

Mitchell, identified in a lawsuit as a senior application architect working for the B.C. government, kept the recordings for his own enjoyment and sexual gratification, and showed them to friends for the same purpose, she says. The recordings, made from August 2008 to March this year, were to be reproduced on the Internet for profit, Harrington alleges in her suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court.

Harrington says she has suffered anxiety, depression, emotional upset, sleep disturbance, humiliation and fear of being seen in public. She is seeking unspecified damages plus $15,725 in restitution for rental payments.

Harrington also wants an injunction restraining Mitchell from possessing, viewing or distributing the recordings and wants him to surrender all copies of the recordings.

Mitchell's wife, Judy, a home-maker, is also named as a defendant. Harrington says Judy Mitchell either knew or ought to have known that recordings were being made.

A notice of civil claim contains allegations that have not been proven in court.

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