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Voyeur secretly filmed naked woman in Portchester house

 

A VOYEUR who secretly filmed a woman at a home has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

Andrew Pryde struck at a home in The Leaway, Portchester, where he was renting a room.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the 29-year-old had set up his phone to record and saved films of a woman walking between a bedroom and a bathroom on the same floor with no clothes on.

The court heard it was a private area of the house which he had no reason to enter. One film showed the camera being set up in the spindles of the staircase.

Pryde was caught when he was clocked watching one of the films he had recorded on his mobile phone in the garden of the home on September 3 last year. The victim was alerted.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said of the victim’s reaction: ‘She described feeling sick and feeling violated because of what the defendant had on his telephone.’

Pryde was arrested and an examination of his mobile phone revealed three videos stored on it, taken on dates ranging from June 28 to August 10 last year, of varying lengths, and of the same victim.

Mr Booth said of Pryde’s actions: ‘It’s crudely referred to as a “peeping Tom”.

The court heard that during interview Pryde told police that he used the mobile phone to watch pornography on a daily basis.

He told police that he received no sexual gratification from the films and did not plan to do it.

Mr Booth said: ‘He said he did not realise that what he had done was illegal. He said he was not attracted to her at all, it was shock of seeing her naked.’

Pryde pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism. A third count was ordered to lie on file.

He was given a community order and put under supervision for 18 months.

Pryde, who now lives in Woolford Close, Winchester, was told to pay £300 in court costs and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Addressing Pryde, Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said: ‘These were two unpleasant offences.

‘It was an element of a breach of trust and there was an element of pre-planning because you had to set up the camera. You had no right.’

 
 
 

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