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On the Luas IT expert who took upskirt photos of women on Luas avoids jail

Good Samaritan passenger saw his creepy pics and insisted he get off and wait for Garda arrest

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Francesco Lampasi at his home in Dublin this week.

Francesco Lampasi at his home in Dublin this week.

Francesco Lampasi at his home in Dublin this week.

This is the Italian IT expert who was ­travelling on the Luas in Dublin - and ­secretly taking pictures up women's skirts for sexual thrills.

Creepy Francesco Lampasi (43), of Belarmine Plaza in Stepaside, Dublin 18, avoided jail this week, after was given a nine-month sentence, but it was suspended.

He was convicted of engaging in offensive ­conduct of a sexual nature on the southbound Green Line, from the city centre to Bride's Glen on August 2, 2019.

He was caught when another passenger spotted him taking a picture of one of his victims.

When gardaí later searched his phone they found multiple images taken up the skirts of unsuspecting victims on the Luas.

The Sunday World called out to the married father-of-one's apartment this week to ask him why he was engaging in such activity and if he was sorry for what he had done.

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Alan Sherry speaking to Francesco Lampasi, left,
this week.

Alan Sherry speaking to Francesco Lampasi, left, this week.

Alan Sherry speaking to Francesco Lampasi, left, this week.

"No, I'm not like… no, I'm not interested in any ­interview. I'm not interested in any interview," he said, before quickly returning into his apartment.

Lampasi works in IT with a major accountancy firm in Dublin but the Circuit Court heard this week that he intends to return to Italy as soon as he can.

He said he didn't want to comment when we asked him if he plans to leave Ireland soon.

A property website shows his apartment was recently sold but he was still there on Friday when we called.

His wife was said to extremely traumatised when she found out he had been taking the pictures.

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At Dublin Circuit Court this week, Garda Karl O'Neill, of Dundrum Garda Station, told prosecutor Eoin Lawlor that a passenger noticed Lampasi holding his mobile phone down by his side, as he was alongside a woman on the tram.

The passenger, Martin Smith, told gardaí he ­realised what Lampasi was up to when he saw a colour on the screen that matched the woman's skirt and also saw the colour of skin.

The woman got off the tram and has never been traced but Mr Smith confronted Lampasi and ­demanded to see the picture gallery on his phone.

"Mr Smith considered the photos to be untoward," Garda O'Neill said. The passenger then insisted Lampasi get off the tram with him at Dundrum and wait for gardaí to arrive.

Gardaí arrested Lampasi and seized his phone, where they found a number of concerning images.

"Extra-close-up photos of buttocks and genitals of women," were found when the mobile phone was analysed, Garda O'Neill said.

Lampasi accepted that taking such photos was inappropriate, and that by doing so he had "taken advantage of the girl," Garda O'Neill said.

Other photos of the same nature of "women who are clearly on the Luas" were also found on the device, taken the previous day, he said, though these were not included in the charges.

Barry White SC, defending, described ­Lampasi's action as those of a "hot-blooded" and "naïve" man.

He said his client was "under no obligation to show photos to Mr Smith, nor wait for gardaí. If he was more aggressive or daunting he could have told him where to go."

His client worked in an IT department of a major accountancy firm and is married with one small child.

"This has had a very traumatic effect on his wife. He wishes to put this behind him and return to Italy.

"I won't say, Judge, that this is a victimless crime. The victim has the good fortune not to be aware, has no revulsion or disgust of the act."

Lampasi brought €2,000 to court to donate to charity as a token of his remorse.

Judge Martin Nolan said the fact that he waited for gardaí "shows to me Mr Lampasi has a certain level of remorse for his actions."

The judge said his family situation and work history could also be taken into mitigation.

He imposed the nine-month sentence suspended in full provided he be of good behaviour.

He ordered that the €2,000 in compensation be given to the prosecuting garda to be donated to a suitable charity in the Dundrum area. "If he was to repeat this behaviour, the outcome would be significantly different," Judge Nolan added.

Lampasi is understood to have been working with the accountancy firm in Dublin for the last six years.

We contacted the firm to see if he was staying on with them, given his conviction this week, but they did not respond to requests for comment.

His apartment in Stepaside was purchased in 2017 for €308,500, the same year he was ­promoted in work, but it was put back on the market, for just under €300,000, ahead of his trial.

And the estate agents said one of its selling points was that the nearest Luas stop was only a short walk away.

The apartment has now been sold, according to property listings and Lampasi is believed to be moving out soon.

Before leaving Italy for Ireland, it is understood Lampasi was a drummer in a trash metal band in his native country.

In recent weeks, the band announced they are planning to reform to release a new album.

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