French man filmed 1,500 women in shop toilets

French man filmed 1,500 women in shop toilets
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A French grandfather has been handed a one-year suspended sentence for filming more than 1,500 women in the toilets of supermarkets in Brittany. He also allegedly burned one woman with acid, "hoping she'd have to go and get changed."

A court in Brest on Thursday sentenced the 56-year-old man to a one year suspended prison term after he was found guilty of placing a camera phone in the toilets of supermarkets in the towns of Brest and Quimper in the Finistère department of western France.

The man, from the suburbs of Brest, is also alleged to have thrown sulphuric acid on the trousers of one woman, causing her severe burns – a claim that will be judged in court at a later date.

Explaining the alleged attack, he told the court simply, “I was hoping that she might then have to go and get undressed [in the toilets],” regional daily Ouest-France reported.

The man had filmed 1,535 women without their knowledge for four years, before one of his victims spotted a mobile phone between two toilet cubicles.

Police investigators discovered the videos on the phone, along with a USB key.

He was sentenced for invasion of privacy, as well as ordered to undergo treatment and pay €350 in compensation to the woman who first made the complaint against him. 

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