A 38 year-old butcher with a fascination for the upper leg was sent to jail by Monaco Criminal Court following a recent assault on a young tourist on the border between Monaco and Beausoleil, local French daily Monaco Matin reported.

The incident took place at about 06:00 on July 2, as two young ladies made their way from blvd. des Moulins back to their hotel in Beausoleil, the court was told.

The guilty party lunged at his victim, which he admitted, and passed his hand under her skirt but he had no recollection of touching or carassing her private parts as she had claimed, he said. He added that it was a intended as a joke, but he also apologised for inappropriate behaviour.

A second young woman had filmed the incident on a mobile telephone, which was seen by the court.

After his arrest, investigators discovered hundreds of photos and videos of thighs of women on the beach.

A jail sentence of 18 months was demanded by the prosecuting counsel. On the other hand, his lawyer argued, her client has a deviant side, but the phone footage did not show an actual touching of the victim.

In the end, the culprit was given a 12-month sentence, with six months suspended.