Langham Place, Mong Kok, Hong Kong Photo: Wikimedia Commons, www.aiga.org

A 35-year-old cross-dressing Hong Kong salesman man pleaded guilty in West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after he was caught filming a woman in a toilet cubicle in a Mong Kok shopping mall last month.

Defendant Yeung Ching-man, a salesman of medical instruments, was charged with one count of obtaining access to a computer with a view to dishonest gain for oneself or another.

On March 20, Yeung, who wore a black vest dress and long boots, took photos and video of a woman in one of the washrooms in Langham Place in Mong Kok, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The victim saw a smartphone appearing from the bottom of the partition and stopped Yeung, who kept apologizing to her and deleted the photos and videos, Ming Pao said. The victim called the police after she realized that Yeung was a man, it said.

Yeung’s lawyer told the court his client was under huge pressure from work and was upset over his parents’ divorce. He was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and began cross-dressing in the past year to try to relieve stress, Apple Daily reported. Yeung also he had wanted to be a woman since childhood, Apple Daily said.

The lawyer said it was the first time Yeung had entered a female washroom. He realized the seriousness of his problems and sought psychological treatment this month, the lawyer added.

Acting Principal Magistrate So Wai-tak said it was hard to determine whether the case was a result of the defendant’s psychological issue or it was a planned action, Apple Daily reported.

Yeung was granted bail pending a sentencing hearing on June 19, pending reports from a probation officer and psychologist.