Richard Allan Ford
A toilet peeper has been given a last chance to rid himself of a disorder that has led to him trying to take photographs of women using toilets at a Wellington shopping complex.
The Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the jail term of two years, three months imposed on Richard Allan Ford, 26, and instead sent him to live on home detention for eight months with his brother at Porirua. Conditions of the sentence include taking treatment.
The court said Ford had a deplorable record, but now more was known about why he offended and he was at last getting treatment.
His lawyer, Rennie Gould, had given the court a specialist report about the diagnosis of urophilia, a sexual fetish focused on urination, and the treatment he was receiving.
The Court of Appeal judges said it was not without some "distinct hesitation" that they decided it was in society's interests to grant home detention to give him the chance to try and break the cycle of reoffending. Ford had served 3½ months of his prison term.
It was true they were taking a risk but there was a realistic chance of success, Justice John Hansen said delivering the judgment of himself, Justice Grant Hammond and Justice John Priestley.
They warned him it was a last chance and if he re-offended again he could expect the court to take a "very firm line indeed".
Later in the day a judge in Porirua District Court imposed a sentence on two remaining charges that she said would give Ford an incentive to keep taking treatment.
She convicted him and ordered him to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months on charges of being unlawfully in a building and preparing to commit a crime.
Judge Jan Kelly said Ford had gone to Pataka museum to check out the women's toilets there, but he saw the security cameras and decided it would not be a good idea.
The charges the Court of Appeal dealt with were two charges of trying to make intimate recordings and one charge of burglary, relating to the BNZ building in December 2006, just six weeks after his release from an earlier prison term.
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