Voyeur admits filming friends getting changed

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A VOYEUR who secretly filmed women getting changed was caught after a victim was alerted by a stranger on Facebook.

Barrie Holland made videos of two women at his former Moneyfield Avenue flat in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard one victim, who the 55-year-old had befriended while he was a motorbike instructor, was staying overnight at his home when she received the message.

Giles Fletcher, prosecuting, said the message said: ‘You may think Barrie is a mate, but I saw a video on his computer a while back of you getting changed after having a shower in his bedroom.’

The court heard the victim was sat next to Holland at the time.

She waited until he had gone to bed and found the footage.

It showed the camera being set up and Holland positioning the camera.

It then showed her in the shower and later getting changed. The film was 25 minutes long.

Mr Fletcher said: ‘She said that she was totally disgusted that a so-called friend could do something like that to her.’

In a victim impact statement read out in court, the victim stated: ‘When I discovered that Holland had been secretly filming me in his flat I was absolutely devastated. I felt degraded.’

The second victim said she was shown an image by police.

The court heard Holland lost his job as a result of his guilty plea.

He recorded the women for his own sexual gratification and did not share the films with anyone or online.

However he accepted that his actions were morally wrong.

Holland, who now lives at Sunnyview Close, Aldershot, pleaded guilty to committing two acts of voyeurism between July 2010 and December 2012.

He was put under supervision for a year by Portsmouth magistrates.

Holland, who has no previous convictions, was ordered to pay £85 in court costs and £60 to a fund for victims of crime.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

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