Man upskirted 130 women, court told

Genevieve Gannon October 17, 2014, 6:11 pm

A man who upskirted more than 130 Victorian women would use his iPhone to take the photographs every time he had the opportunity.

Royce Tan, 27, of Surrey Hills, took photos of women in public, at his office and even at his church.

In January, he followed a woman into a supermarket and took photos up her skirt by placing his iPhone on the ground while pretending to look at items from a lower shelf as she selected boxes of cereal.

The woman confronted Tan and reported him to police, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.

A police search of his property uncovered images on his computer of 125 unknown victims and 11 who police were able to identify, including women from Tan’s work and his Planetshakers church.

Police prosecutor Angus Waldron said Tan would look at the images for his own gratification.

He said Tan, who pleaded guilty to 14 charges of upskirting, acted out of lust and opportunity.

“Every time he went out, if he had the opportunity, he would take pictures,” Mr Waldron told the court.

Defence lawyer Costas Kilias said Tan had been receiving treatment since 2010 after he was arrested for stealing women’s underwear.

“His position is that he is now a rehabilitation work in progress,” Mr Kilias said.

He said Tan’s fetish was for women’s underwear.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the behaviour was abhorrent.

He imposed a jail sentence of 40 days for one charge, which Tan has already served in pre-sentence detention, and ordered that Tan be assessed for community corrections orders on the remaining charges.


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