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Student Says Landlord Was a Creep

VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - A university student claims a senior architect who works for the British Columbia government secretly filmed her for 3 years in the basement apartment she rented from him and his wife, and posted the film on the Internet for profit.

D.H. sued Robin Mitchell and his wife Judy in B.C. Supreme Court. She says she found the hidden camera in March this year.

D.H. claims Robin Mitchell installed the device without telling her and "edited and assembled collage videos" which he watched for his "own enjoyment and sexual gratification and show(ed) to his friends for the same purpose."

She claims that Mitchell also posted the film "on the Internet and otherwise in order that the defendant, Robin Mitchell, make a profit."

And she claims that Mitchell's wife knew or should have known about the recording device, but failed to do anything about it.

D.H. claims the videos showed her "in various states of undress; showering; using toilet facilities; and performing various and miscellaneous toiletries and attending to personal hygiene."

She says she has suffered from anxiety and depression since she fled the basement apartment, and incurred expenses when she had to buy new clothes and food and stay in a hotel before renting a U-Haul trailer for her belongings.

She seeks damages for breach of privacy, the return of $15,725 in rent, and an injunction restraining Mitchell from possessing, watching or distributing the clandestine videos.

She is represented by Samantha P. Simpon of North Shore Law.

Calls to Mitchell's government phone line were not answered and an email to his government email address was immediately returned stating: "I am on Leave until further notice."

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