A Japanese student got busted in Melbourne doing peep photography, so called ‘up-skirt’ shots.
A Japanese student who took photographs underneath a woman’s skirt at the Australian Tennis Open earlier this week was today jailed for six months.
Takuya Muto, 34, also secretly filmed up to five females as they showered at a backpackers’ hostel on Tuesday.
Melbourne magistrate Peter Couzens ordered that Muto serve a minimum of two months’ jail and suspended the balance of the sentence for two years.
The court heard that police who arrested Muto found he had taken pictures of a female tennis player his lawyer described as “legitimate, tourist-style” photographs.
Muto, of Sydney, pleaded guilty to charges of stalking, unlawfully using a camera and offensive behaviour.
Sergeant Mark Galliott, prosecuting, said Muto took photographs and filmed with a video camera as he walked around the tennis centre.
Sergeant Galliott said some of Muto’s photographs were of the thigh and buttocks areas of female patrons and of one who wore a dress.
He positioned the camera under the woman’s skirt and took a photograph between her legs, obtaining a picture of her genital area.
When he returned later to his room at the All Nations Backpackers’ hostel, Muto took the video camera and filmed between four and five women as they showered in an adjoining unisex cubicle.
Sergeant Galliott said Muto obtained “graphic, naked footage” of the women, including one who ran screaming from the shower when she saw the camera pointed at her.
He was arrested soon after and appeared today in court with the help of a Japanese interpreter.
His lawyer, Natalie Sheridan-Smith, said Muto, who wept and trembled during the hearing, had expressed genuine remorse for his conduct.
Ms Natalie-Smith said a friend of Muto lent him the video camera, which he was told had a special feature that allowed him to secretly film people.
Muto, who is studying for a masters of business administration at a NSW university, was humiliated, embarrassed and deeply remorseful, she said.
I am surprised that he even got caught. People in Australia are not usually alert to this kind of thing.