Sports coach gets sus­pended sen­tence after ad­mit­ting to film­ing 17 women in dress­ing room

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

A 43-year-old sports coach who is also a di­rec­tor of a child­care cen­tre ad­mit­ted in court to hav­ing filmed 17 women while they chang­ing in a dress­ing room.

The man, who can­not be named by court or­der, ad­mit­ted to ha­rass­ment when he in­stalled spy cam­eras in a chang­ing room and toi­let.

In court, pros­e­cut­ing po­lice in­spec­tor John Spi­teri ex­hib­ited cam­era equip­ment, pen drives and a com­puter hard drive used by the man.

The footage had prob­a­bly been used by the man for his own per­sonal grat­i­fi­ca­tion and did not ap­pear to have been trans­mit­ted.

None of the vic­tims, aged 23 to 28, were aware that they were being filmed as they tried a new bra-less sports-top de­sign, sug­gested to them by their coach.

Mag­is­trate Claire Stafrace Zam­mit sen­tenced the man to a ninemonth prison term sus­pended for two years and or­dered him to un­dergo psy­chi­atric treat­ment.

Fail­ure to obey would re­sult in a fine of €300 for ev­ery per­son mo­lested.

The court or­dered the de­struc­tion of the data.

Lawyer Kris Busi­etta de­fended the ac­cused. Lawyer An­drew Grima ap­peared parte civile.

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