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Japanese man who hid in gutter to peep up skirts spotted by hair sticking out of grate

Hirai previously told police that he wanted to be reborn as “part of pavement in the next life.”

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A MAN IN Japan who hid in a drain for five hours, allegedly to snap photos up women’s skirts, was given away when passers-by spotted his hair sticking out of a grate.

Yasuomi Hirai, 28, allegedly squeezed himself in a section of a gutter 28 centimetres (11 inches) wide, with his head under a piece of iron grating, according to a police spokesman.

The spokesman with the Hyogo prefectural police in Kobe told AFP:

His hair got caught at the edge of the grate, which drew the attention of some pedestrians.

The alleged offence took place in the port city in August, but police say Hirai’s arrest came this week after a lengthy investigation.

Police did not elaborate but the Sports Hochi tabloid reported that Hirai kept himself in the small space for about five hours, holding a smart phone to take photos from under the grate.

Local reports said it was not the first time Hirai has been arrested for the same offence, which violated a local ordinance preventing nuisance acts.

He was nabbed two years ago after squeezing himself into a gutter allegedly for the same purpose, Sports Hochi said.

Hirai reportedly told police at the time that he wanted to be reborn as “part of pavement in the next life.”

Peculiar offences involving the harassment of women and girls are frequently reported in Japan.

In 2012, several high school girls from a small neighbourhood reported to police that they were tackled by a sock-stealing thief.

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