A man accused of stealing bras and lacy undies from Sydney hotel rooms has described his alleged behaviour as a “fetish” and a “really, really, silly mistake”.
Sutan Achmed Daniel Al Hamilton, 37, faced Downing Centre Local Court this week on two charges of breaking and entering to steal items with a value of less than $60,000.
According to court documents, police allege Mr Hamilton broke into hotel room 306 at Ibis Sydney World Square on Pitt Street, Sydney, between 12.41pm and 12.48pm on January 24 last year.
He reportedly stole a woman’s small red bag, three pairs of socks, a black strapless bra, a nude bra, a sports bra, four pairs of black underwear, one pair of nude underwear and six pairs of lace underwear in white, black, blue, purple and red.
He is further alleged to have broken into hotel room 818 at Rydges Hotel, Sydney Airport in Mascot between 9.03am and 9.08am on October 25 this year and stolen six pairs of women’s underwear.
Following the second theft, police launched an investigation and on November 6, detectives searched Mr Hamilton’s home in Rosebery, allegedly recovering more than 1000 items of women’s underwear and swimwear.
He was arrested and taken to Mascot Police Station.
When appearing in court, the defendant allegedly told deputy registrar Nicole Hoffman: “I’m kinda nervous, this is my first time in court.”
As he proposed to read a prepared statement which he said explained his “situation”, Ms Hoffman advised him to delay until he had taken legal advice.
“I’d just like to request an adjournment,” Hamilton said. “I haven’t finalised my application with Legal Aid yet, so I’m currently not represented.”
His matter has been adjourned until January 20.
Outside the court, the defendant told reporters his alleged actions were the result of a “fetish” and a “really, really, silly mistake”.