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G-string sniffing landlord caught on camera by tenant

WHEN a German backpacker became concerned her landlord was entering her bedroom without permission, she set up a camera on her laptop to see what he was doing.

What she saw when she played back the footage prompted her to go to police and immediately move out of the Coral Cove property.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday the footage showed Joseph Botros, 58, picking up two pairs of the complainants underwear, holding them to his face and appearing to sniff them.

Botros claimed there was a stain or marking on the underwear, the prosecutor said, and he picked the underwear up to determine what it was.

Botros pleaded guilty yesterday to unlawfully entering the room of the female backpacker, who was one of two females and two males who were living in the house at the time.

Sgt Stevens told the court that on April 7 this year, Botros entered the room and left a note telling the complainant to vacuum and tidy up her room.

"She was concerned the defendant was entering her room when she wasn't home so set up the laptop with a camera before she left on April 8," he said.

"The defendant entered the room about 7.30am and walked in and around the room before picking up two pairs of underwear."

Sgt Stevens said the footage showed Botros holding the crotch area of the two g-strings to his face.

He told the court than when the complainant viewed the footage after returning home, she was so sickened and disgusted she immediately vacated the residence and took the footage to the police.

Botros claimed there was a stain or marking on the underwear, the prosecutor said, and he picked the underwear up to determine what it was.

Defence lawyer Travis George told the court his client was extremely embarrassed.

Magistrate Deb Vasta questioned whether Botros's actions in the bedroom were relevant saying that the charge was only that he entered the room.

In making her ruling Mrs Vasta said the defendant had no previous criminal history and that during a momentary lapse of judgement, he did something stupid.

Botros was sentenced to a $500 12-month good behaviour bond.

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