Backpacker finds hidden camera in bathroom of Bondi hostel

A Hong Kong man will remain behind bars accused of secretly filming a female backpacker in the bathroom of a Sydney hostel.

Police were called in on Monday night after a French traveller found a camera concealed in a deodorant stick at the Bondi accommodation on Lamrock Avenue.

The 27-year-old was allocated a room at The Village hostel with Charles Chung, an IT worker from Hong Kong, who allegedly planted the camera in the bathroom.

The Village backpackers in Bondi where the camera was allegedly concealed. Source: Google Maps

The device was discovered when his unsuspecting roommate had a shower and saw a camera hidden inside a deodorant lid.

Hostel employee Davier Arevalo described the moment the guest pleaded for assistance following her discovery.

“And she said, ‘Please, I need help – I just found a camera, like spy camera, in my toilet’,” he recalled.

The camera was installed in the deodorant’s lid, similarly to this shower gel camera. Source: 7News

“She was really, really upset, like crying… She was like terrified.”

Chung was arrested, allegedly with the camera stashed in his underwear. Police searched his belongings and found further evidence including hard drives.

One of the hostel’s bathrooms. Source:

Police will allege they contained videos of women in private acts.

Chung was charged with installing a device, adapting and building to observe or film others and possessing surveillance devices intended for unlawful use.

He faced Waverley Local Court on Tuesday where police prosecutor Sergeant Tom Sands said Chung had “some form of electronic savviness”.

The magistrate refused to grant Chung bail, who will appear in court at a later date.

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