A 43-year-old man from Assen has been given 120 hours of community service, 60 suspended, for placing a secret camera in his neighbours’ bedroom and filming them, the Telegraaf reports.
The couple noticed the camera after realising a storage box in the bedroom had been moved after the neighbour had been in their house ‘to do an odd job’.
The Peeping Tom said he had been obsessed about the woman next door for two years and wanted to get the couple to argue. He denied a sexual motive for the filming.
There have been a number of similar cases in the Netherlands.
In 2009, a 62-year-old man was given 100 hours community service and a four month suspended jail term for installing a webcam in the bedroom ceiling of his teenage neighbour so he could spy on her.
That same year Radboud University in Nijmegen sacked a worker on the spot for placing a webcam in an invalid toilet.
But a 47-year-old man was cleared of spying on female students living next door because the police raid on his home was unlawful.
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