A peeping Tom caught spying on women from the roof cavity of a fast food restaurant has been sent back to prison after he admitted a second incident.
Richard Alan Ford, 31, of Cannons Creek, appeared at Porirua District Court today charged with intent to perform an indecent act and two counts of burglary.
On July 4, Ford climbed into the roof space of Burger King Porirua and for two and a half hours he watched women use the toilet from a hole in the roof.
Judge John Walker said Ford was eventually seen by a woman as he "peered down at her"."
Later that same day you were at Pataka [Museum] with the intention of committing the same crime. Nobody came into the bathroom so you left."
He had previously appeared on the Burger King incident, and was later charged for his actions at Pataka.
The latest indecent offence followed a string of similar incidents in the past, including offensive behaviour and the possession of objectionable images.
Ford had been in and out of prison on such charges and would quickly reoffend when released, Mr Walker said.
"Your offending seriously breaches the privacy of women. You go to some lengths to watch women in circumstances when they have a full expectation of privacy.
"Imprisonment only serves to protect the public while you are in custody. As soon as you're released the underlying causes come out and you offend again."
Mr Walker had requested a report on how Ford would be rehabilitated in prison, and said he must continue to see both a psychologist and a psychiatrist, as well as being assessed for drug and alcohol treatment.
Ford was convicted on all three charges and jailed for 15 months.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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