KUALA LUMPUR: An Italian who recorded photographs of a students thighs and buttocks while she was standing on a supermarket escalator was fined RM10,000 yesterday.
The 39-year-old consultant, Luca Dal Pozzo, who came to Malaysia in May for a vacation, took the photographs about 4.50pm on May 8.
He paid the fine.
The 30-year-old student was going up an escalator at KLCC in Jalan Ampang when she suddenly noticed a red glow.
The complainant immediately turned around and saw Pozzo standing behind her.
The complainant suspected something amiss and demanded that Pozzo surrender his bag but he refused.
Pozzo then tried to make his escape. The complainant then gave chase and managed to apprehend him with the help of an in-house security guard.
Police seized from him a digital camera and two tapes.
In mitigation, Pozzos counsel M. Sathiaseelan said his client regretted his actions.
My client wants to be responsible for his act. He had been under remand for 10 days and this has made him realise his faults. He had even instructed me to inform the court to expedite his case, as he is really remorseful of his acts.
This matter has been reported by the local media and was even highlighted in his country. The publicity itself has served as a punishment not only for him but also for his family, Sathiaseelan said.
Prosecuting officer ASP Chee Kuat Lin, who disclosed photographs of the student, asked the court to impose an appropriate sentence on Pozzo.
Magistrate Sayani Mohd Nor then fined Pozzo RM10,000 in default six months jail.
Pozzo had on May 13 claimed trial to intruding upon the students privacy and intending to insult her modesty. On May 19, he was released on a RM10,000 bail with one Malaysian surety. The case was fixed for mention on June 25 but he changed his plea to guilty yesterday.
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