A PEEPING Tom who filmed a couple having sex in their home “for a laugh” has been jailed for a year.
Sean Bailey thought it would be funny to sneak up to the couple’s ground floor bedroom window and record them on his mobile phone.
The 27-year-old bragged about the video when he showed it to his friends and a former girlfriend in a pub in Waterlooville.
But a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court wiped the smile off the well-known crook’s face when he locked him up and ordered him to sign on to the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Detective Constable Leith Morrison, who led the investigation, said: ‘He thought he was having a laugh. The offence was a lot more serious than having a laugh.
‘The victims feel their privacy has been completely invaded more than they have ever experienced before.
‘I think the sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence he has been found guilty of.’
Police were investigating Bailey, who has numerous convictions for burglary and assault, for a separate incident when they seized his mobile phone and discovered a clip of the couple having sex in August last year.
Bailey, of Robin Gardens, Wecock, was arrested and the couple he recorded – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were traced by police.
Bailey denied he had recorded the couple, claiming one of his friends may had done it as a joke.
But after he was convicted by the jury of a count of voyeurism Bailey admitted he had done it.
Jailing him Judge Richard Price said: ‘To record the couple having sex without their permission or their agreement and then showing it to other people is disgusting.
‘To waste thousands and thousands of pounds of tax payers’ money to call the girl a liar, to accuse her of lying under oath when that is exactly as you were doing is disgraceful.’
Bailey shook his head when he was told he will have to sign on to the sex offenders’ register and branded the sentence ‘a joke’ as he was taken down.
Judge Price said: ‘You can shake your head at me as much as you like Mr Bailey.’
A jury found Bailey not guilty of voyeurism for one of the clips found on his mobile phone as it could not be proven that he had recorded it.
Det Con Morrison added: ‘I would like to say a personal thank you to the witnesses who provided evidence.
‘I am sure the victims will be satisfied with the result.’