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Suppression for stepfather

A North Otago man who filmed his stepdaughter while she was taking a shower cannot be named.

On two occasions in March last year, from beneath a bathroom door, the man filmed the then-19-year-old with his phone as she showered.

When police seized the phone, they found dozens of images of naked young girls and women performing sexual acts with animals.

The man was sentenced in the Oamaru District Court yesterday, where Judge Jim Large said he was granting him final name suppression solely for the victim’s benefit. She was now living in Auckland.

Counsel Emma Middlemass asked for a sentence of home detention at the rural North Otago property where the defendant lived with his wife and stepson.

The couple would default on their home loan if he went to prison, Ms Middlemass said.

Judge Large said the defendant’s actions were "despicable".

A pre-sentence report said the defendant appeared to have a lack of insight into the impact of his offending on the victim, and spoke disparagingly about her during an interview.

The man’s claim the phone was second-hand and he had never looked at the objectionable images found on it "beggared belief", as did his claim he only filmed his stepdaughter because he wanted to see why she was taking so long in the bathroom, Judge Large said.

On two charges each of making an intimate visual recording and possessing objectionable material, he sentenced the defendant to four months’ home detention, with post-detention conditions for six months.

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