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Auckland Man Annoyed By Spy Court Case

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Wellington, Nov 2 NZPA - An Auckland man has described a failed court case involving allegations of spying on his ex-wife with secret cameras as a joke and waste of taxpayer money.

The case against the man was dismissed last week after a judge ruled police had not been able to prove the charge of attempting to make an intimate visual recording.

The million-dollar home the man had shared with his wife was found to have small, infra-red surveillance cameras in the ceiling above the woman's bed when searched by a security firm.

The Herald on Sunday reported that the woman had hired the firm after suspecting someone was spying on her.

The man had moved out of the house following a break-up but police allege he installed the cameras and spied on the woman from June to October last year.

"It was a serious charge but I'm surprised it got this far," he told the paper. "It was a complete joke which has wasted taxpayers' money, of which I'm one."

He said there was no hard evidence and police had not even proved that the cameras worked.

However, he had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of taking mail from a rubbish bin at the house and spent three weeks in prison after being denied bail.

Last week's case also involved an allegation that the man had found his ex-wife's diary and faxed them to her office.

He said he obtained the diary because their son had mistakenly brought it to his home, but wouldn't comment about the allegations of him faxing its contents.

The case was the first time Auckland police had charged someone with attempting to make an intimate visual recording, a recent amendment to the Crimes Act.


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