Kent man jailed for voyeurism after two houses near Herne Bay rigged with covert cameras

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An audio visual specialist who rigged two houses with covert cameras so he could film people for his own sexual gratification has been jailed for voyeurism offences.



Stuart Wynne, aged 50, of Ruby Walk, King’s Hill, West Malling, was jailed for 30 months by Judge Simon James at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 28 April 2017.

Voyeurism dating back to 1998

Wynne had been charged with 16 offences of voyeurism dating from 1998 to 2015. During a trial in March he was convicted of five offences and was found not guilty of the remaining 11.

Wynne rigged up covert cameras in two houses, one in Beltinge, Herne Bay, and one in Hoath.

At the house in Beltinge cameras were hidden in the main bathroom, under the sink in the downstairs toilet, and in a ceiling fan and an infra-red alarm case in a spare bedroom.

Cameras hidden behind mirrors

At the house in Hoath cameras were found hidden behind mirrors in the main bathroom and the ensuite bathroom.

Discs were discovered at the house in Hoath showing images of Wynne’s victims showering, bathing, using the toilet and having sex.

Police were alerted in December 2014 and the defendant was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism. He claimed that he initially installed the cameras because he suspected people in the houses were taking drugs, although during an early police interview he admitted secretly filming people for his own sexual gratification.

Victims were violated

Sentencing him to 30 months in prison for the five offences, Judge James said the victims had been ‘violated’ by Wynne videoing and copying images of them and he had caused a great deal of upset and stress.

Judge James said the offending had involved a ‘significant’ degree of planning and a ‘callous’ abuse of trust and that instead of admitting he was filming for his own sexual gratification, Wynne made up stories about why he did what he did, seeking to blame everyone other than himself.

Sex Offenders' Register

Along with the 30 month prison sentence, Wynne was also made the subject of a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Julia Pettman said: ‘Wynne used his professional skills as an audio visual specialist to rig two houses with hidden cameras so he could film people for his own sexual gratification.

‘Some of these offences dated back almost 20 years and I hope Wynne’s sentence is a stark reminder to sexual offenders that Kent Police will investigate all allegations, no matter how long ago they were committed.’

She paid tribute to his victims: ‘Wynne’s conduct was unforgivable and his actions have blighted the lives of his victims yet they have shown great bravery by coming forward and giving evidence against him.’

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