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Police welcome Fidan jail sentence

The Bermuda Police Service last night welcomed the jailing of Kubilay Fidan, and said his sentence sent out a strong message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.

Mr Fidan was jailed for 31 days today for covertly videotapping up more than a dozen women's skirts. The Turkish national pleaded guilty in Magistrates' Court this morning and was jailed by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner.

“The Bermuda Police Service acknowledges the 'guilty' plea of Mr Fidan on Tuesday morning to five counts of committing 'Indecent Acts in Public',” said Police this evening. “Additionally, he went on to voluntarily admit to committing twelve other offences of a similar nature; seventeen offences in all.

“This case revolved around Mr Fidan using a video recording device to record indecent and inappropriate footage of female victims who were clearly unaware of what was occurring.

“This is the first time in Bermuda that an offence with these circumstances has been successfully prosecuted and the punishment handed out by Senior Magistrate sends a clear message to the public that this predatorial behaviour will not be tolerated in our islands of Bermuda.

“This type of offence is nothing new in other jurisdictions, in fact there is specific legislation that covers this type of behaviour within the United Kingdom.

“Although these incidents are rare, in an effort to reduce opportunities for these type of opportunistic crimes to occur in future, the Bermuda Police Service encourages women to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings, no matter how familiar it may appear.

“By nature, this type of offence requires a relatively close proximity between the victim and offender, be aware of any intrusions on your 'personal space'. If you observe any suspicious activity, contact the police and report the circumstances.”

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Published May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 15, 2013 at 9:47 am)

Police welcome Fidan jail sentence

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