Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland

Pervert-eye view: twisted businessman uses bird statues to secretly film and sleep male backpackers – but he claims he DOES NOT KNOW it was illegal

  • Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove filmed four backpackers in his QLD house
  • The Dutch backpacker Maron de Rooij saw the cameras in the shower
  • The police raided the Sunshine Coast home on May 29 after complaints
  • He pleads guilty and received two simultaneous prison sentences of six months

A filthy businessman who filmed four backpackers while they showered and slept at his house claimed that he did not know it was illegal.

Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, naive backpackers working for his Animal Ark Transport company.

The cameras were hidden in walls, shelves, bird statues and in the bathroom – along with one microphone.

Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland

Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland

The first thing Cosgrove pointed out was an infrared light in the ceiling, which he said was insect repellent but was actually a hidden camera

The first thing Cosgrove pointed out was an infrared light in the ceiling, which he said was insect repellent but was actually a hidden camera

He realized that cameras were hidden in walls, shelves, bird statues and the bathroom, along with one microphone

He realized that cameras were hidden in walls, shelves, bird statues and the bathroom, along with one microphone

The first thing business manager Conrad Cosgrove noticed was an infrared light (left) in the ceiling, which Mr. De Rooij claims was actually a hidden camera

The Dutch backpacker, Maron de Rooij, 26, called the police after he became suspicious about the amount of light in the shared bathroom and after Cosgrove told him to shower & # 39; every day & # 39 ;.

Mr. De Rooij also saw unusual holes in the bed frame and the cupboards that were in his living room.

The Magistrates Court of Maroochydore heard on Thursday that the police had raided the removable houses of Cosgrove on 29 May.

During the search officers, six cameras & # 39; s and an audio cable that ran from the accommodation of De Rooij 10m to Cosgrove & # 39; s, as reported by The Sunshine Coast Daily.

The Dutch backpacker, Maron de Rooij, 26, called the police after he became suspicious about the amount of light in the shared bathroom

The Dutch backpacker, Maron de Rooij, 26, called the police after he became suspicious about the amount of light in the shared bathroom

The Dutch backpacker, Maron de Rooij, 26, called the police after he became suspicious about the amount of light in the shared bathroom

Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, naive backpackers.

Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, naive backpackers.

Conrad-River Owen Cosgrove placed hidden cameras in his home in the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, naive backpackers.

The police then found seven additional cameras in a container and more angular to face the shared shower.

Cosgrove admitted having planted the cameras that four young foreigners had been filming in secret since February.

Cosgrove had saved the images that claimed the & # 39; personal satisfaction & # 39; was, but said he didn't know he was breaking the law.

& # 39; I didn't know I was breaking the law, that's just an explanation, it's not an excuse, & # 39; said Cosgrove.

Mr. De Rooij also saw unusual holes in the bed frame and the cupboards that were in his living room

Mr. De Rooij also saw unusual holes in the bed frame and the cupboards that were in his living room

Mr. De Rooij also saw unusual holes in the bed frame and the cupboards that were in his living room

Six cameras and an audio cable were discovered during the search officers

Six cameras and an audio cable were discovered during the search officers

Six cameras and an audio cable were discovered during the search officers

He said he had seen similar things online and thought he was doing nothing wrong.

Cosgrove said he has always tried to do the right thing and regularly complied with driving legislation.

& # 39; Morale is wrong, I understand that, I try to do the right thing as much as I can & # 39 ;, he said.

& # 39; Especially when I am driving, I stick to speed limits, school zones, I even indicate when no one is around. & # 39;

Seargent Kennedy-Grills told the court Cosgrove lured backpackers to work on his farm by offering food, accommodation and payment through an online job opening.

Two other victims returned overseas and were unreachable while another victim stayed in Australia but refused to make a complaint.

On Thursday morning, Cosgrove pleaded guilty to making observations or recordings that were contrary to privacy and possessions.

He said that his company had collapsed as a result of what had happened and that he had confined himself to his house out of shame.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist sentenced Cosgrove to two simultaneous prison sentences of six months for both crimes, suspended for 18 months.

The police raided the removable houses of Cosgrove on 29 May

The police raided the removable houses of Cosgrove on 29 May

The police raided the removable houses of Cosgrove on 29 May

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