Bruno Silvolli, of Narrabeen, today pleaded guilty in Manly Court to several counts of filming and watching without consent, as well as indecently assaulting a female tenant.
A 75-year-old man cut holes in the bathroom wall of a granny flat and modified a bedroom air vent so he could film and watch his naked tenants.
Bruno Silvolli, of Narrabeen, yesterday pleaded guilty in Manly Court to several counts of filming and watching without consent, as well as indecently assaulting a female tenant.
Mr Silvolli first came to police attention in August 2010 when a young couple, who were renting the Pittwater Rd granny flat below where Silvolli and his wife lived, reported Silvolli groping the woman, according to police facts tendered in court. Silvolli put his hand on the victim’s breast while she was hanging clothes on the line and then later exposed himself.
When interviewed by police, the woman also recalled regularly hearing a sound like a camera was operating when she left the shower and went into the bedroom to get changed. It became so frequent she started getting changed in the lounge room.
This year, on October 22, another couple, who were renting the flat from Silvolli, were having sex when they heard what sounded like an electronic device being turned on.
The man approached the air vent in the corner of the room and saw the louvres bent and a silver video camera inside.
He looked closer and saw Silvolli holding the camera. The couple reported the incident to police who carried out a search warrant of Silvolli’s unit the following day. They seized a video camera, digital memory cards and digital video cassettes and subsequently arrested Silvolli who denied filming the young couple.
Investigators were able to identify the woman from the 2010 incident on no less than 27 occasions in videos of her in the bathroom and bedroom, undressing, naked and engaging in private acts. Police also identified her boyfriend as well as three other unknown women.
The video recording of the bathroom was recorded by Silvolli cutting small holes, 1cm x 3cm, into the bathroom wall, under the towel rail, while Silvolli filmed the bedroom through an air vent.
Silvolli told police he was undergoing treatment for paraphilia, a condition which involves sexual arousal and gratification towards sexual behaviour that is extreme.
He has applied to have the matter heard under Section 32 of the Mental Health Act and will appear in Manly Court for sentencing on January 19.