An ‘upskirter’ was caught with pictures of a man having sex with an octopus, a court heard.
Eleftherios Zampoulakis, 34, was arrested on suspicion of taking pictures of women in a shop and ‘observing a person doing a private act,’ Westminster Magistrates court heard.
Police found he had a small collection of obscene images featuring aquatic animals and a horse.
Zampoulakis left London to go an live in Crete at the beginning of the pandemic and will be invited to return to the UK for a trial.
His lawyers told the court he would rather stay in Crete and give his evidence remotely.
Zampoulakis is charged with possessing 13 extreme pornographic images on 10 July 2018
According to the charge the images ‘portrayed, in an explicit and realistic way, a person performing acts of intercourse with live or dead animals, namely a horse and octopus which were grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character and a reasonable person looking at the image would think that any such person or animal was real’.
Zampoulakis is also accused of outraging public decency, observing a person doing a private act ‘for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification’, possessing a prohibited image of a child and three counts of making indecent images of a child.
Prosecutor Simon Maughan: ‘This is a matter listed in January and it appears there’s an application by the defence for this defendant to give evidence via Greece.
‘He is a Greek national residing in Crete since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.’
Judge Louisa Cieciora said it might be ‘desirable’ for Zampoulakis to return to London and appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 15.
‘The balance is in favour of ensuring Mr Zampoulakis is in the UK so nothing can impede the Crown Court hearing, difficulties obtaining flights etc,’ she said.
Zampoulakis is accused of covertly filming underneath women’s clothes ‘in streets and shops’ on 10 July 2018.
He is due to return from Crete to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 15.