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Japanese student jailed in Australia for secretly filming women at tourist hotel

Japanese student jailed in Australia for secretly filming women at tourist hotel

A Japanese student was sentenced Thursday to six months in an Australian jail for secretly filming women as they showered at a backpackers' hotel, and for taking a photographs up a woman's skirt.
Takuya Muto pleaded guilty before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to stalking, illegally using an optical device and offensive behavior after he was caught earlier this week taking a photograph up a woman's skirt at the Australian Open tennis tournament in the southern city of Melbourne.
Investigators also found Muto, 34, had secretly recorded women showering at the All Nations Backpackers Hotel in the same city.
Muto, whose hometown was not immediately released, sobbed as his sentence was read out. He had been a student in Sydney, but it was not immediately clear what subject he studied, or at what institution.
Magistrate Peter Couzens sentenced Muto to six months in jail, but suspended four months of the sentence for two years, meaning Muto will only have to serve two months unless he re-offends.
Defense lawyer Natalie Sheridan-Smith said Muto was deeply embarrassed and remorseful for his actions, which could result in his deportation from Australia.
She said Muto had borrowed the camera from a friend and was trying to test its secret filming function.
"He's expressed to me ... that he was deeply regretting of this incident and very sorry for the pain that he's caused to the victim and also his own family," she told reporters outside the court.


Updated : 2021-04-13 10:47 GMT+08:00