Friday, May 05, 2006

Nova Scotia man charged with voyeurism

According to the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, a Nova Scotia man is the first in the province (and perhaps the country) to be charged under Canada's recent voyeurism amendments to the Criminal Code. Gist:


Man, 33, first to face voyeurism charge

By TOM McCOAG Amherst Bureau

AMHERST — A Cumberland County man has become the first Nova Scotian to be charged under the new voyeurism section of the Criminal Code.

Winston Charles Patriquin, 33, of Port Howe is alleged to have used a video camera to secretly tape a girl having a shower. He is also charged with one count of knowingly accessing child pornography through a computer for his own use, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

"This is definitely the first case of (voyeurism) to be tried in the province, and we think it may be the first case in Canada," Chris Hansen, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service said Thursday. ""We’re not exactly sure of the latter, but if it isn’t the first, it certainly is among the first charges under this newly created section to be laid in the country."

The bill that added voyeurism to the code passed last fall and increases the sentences for people convicted for possessing, making and distributing child pornography or committing an act of child molestation by "ensuring that those convicted of those crimes will serve jail time." ...

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