Wednesday, March 01, 2006

UK CCTV camera operators jailed for voyeurism

From BBC News:

Two council CCTV camera operators have been jailed for spying on a naked woman in her own home.

Mark Summerton and Kevin Judge, from Sefton Council, Merseyside, trained a street camera into the woman's flat.

At Liverpool Crown Court, Summerton, 37, of Kirkdale, Liverpool, admitted voyeurism and attempted voyeurism. He was sentenced to four months in prison.

Judge, 42, from Waterloo, admitted misconduct in public office and was jailed for two months.


The images from the camera, including the woman without her clothes on, were shown on a large plasma screen in the council's CCTV control room in November 2004, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Over several hours, she was filmed cuddling her boyfriend before undressing, using the toilet, having a bath and watching television dressed only in a towel.


"You only have to read the impact statements of the lady to realise the harrowing effect that this had on her.

"Her life has almost been ruined, her self-confidence entirely destroyed by the thought that prying male eyes have entered her flat."

I do agree that what you do inside your own home should be private (as long as you're not breaking the law). This is awful. On the other hand, I am a tremendous supporter of Closed-Circuit TV surveillance as a crime deterrent and as a tool for investigation... as long as the images used are those from public spaces!!!

PS: This Kevin Judge guy does look a bit creepy ;]


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