Infatuated jeweller faces court

A COOROY jeweller infatuated with his employee would wait outside her bedroom window for hours just to record her changing.

Eduardus Franciscus Maria Rykenberg, 52, also spied on her changing before shifts through peepholes in his workshop.

Rykenberg pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court yesterday to 11 charges, including observing or recording in breach of privacy, between April 28 and August 30 last year.

He was fined $1200 and put on a 15-month good behaviour bond.

Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell said the father of two admitted he went to the victim's house several times to film her.

Senior Constable Campbell said Rykenberg would park his car 200m away, steal through a vacant lot and wait for up to two and a half hours for an opportunity.

He would phone the home and hang up once the victim or her 12-year-old daughter answered to confirm the victim was home.

After viewing the footage back in his car, he would delete it.

Senior Constable Campbell said the victim saw a man filming her through the bedroom window about 10.15pm on August 29.

Police executed a search warrant on Rykenberg's jewellery store on September 13. They found three peepholes at crotch height in the workshop which looked into the adjoining room, where Rykenberg had watched the victim get changed.

Defence barrister Anna Smith said the holes in the wall were not deliberately made for peeping.

She said Rykenberg was physically attracted to the victim.

Ms Smith said her client admitted to the offences despite police knowing of only one incident.

Magistrate Graham Hillan said Rykenberg had let down a lot of people by his actions.

"It sounds to me like you went to some lengths to commit these offences," Mr Hillan said.

"I consider the offences to be quite despicable for a man of your status in the community."


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