iPod taped to veranda rail recorded neighbour undressing

A MAROOCHYDORE man taped an iPod to a veranda railing to film his neighbour in her bedroom.

The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard yesterday that Kevin Francis Pitts, 46, had filmed the woman dressing and undressing.

His secret footage was discovered when the woman noticed an object on the balustrade from her bedroom and untaped the iPod.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Melissa Campbell said the iPod contained a recording from March 27 and another from three days earlier.

She said Mr Francis initially told police he had run over his iPod, but later admitted he had used it to record his neighbour.

Through duty lawyer Mark Dixon, Mr Francis apologised in court to his victim.

"He says he's lost a friendship which had developed and he wants to express his remorse for any emotional upset," Mr Dixon said.

Mr Dixon said the former hospitality worker had previously had a clean record and was "appalled" by his behaviour, which he put down to loneliness and stupidity.

Mr Francis pleaded guilty to two counts of making recordings in breach of privacy and was placed on 15 months of probation.

He also agreed to a court order that he not have any deliberate contact with his neighbour or her family.

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