Pervert secretly filmed Derby woman naked and on the toilet

A Derby sex offence victim said she feels violated after finding a mobile phone which had been secretly filmed her naked and visiting the toilet.

The woman went on to say she felt physically sick when she was told the moving footage had deliberately been filmed by Stewart Preece for his own sexual gratification.

Derby Crown Court heard how she found the 51-year-old Welshman’s device hidden in a toilet, saw that it was filming her and called the police.

When it was analysed intimate images of a second victim were found on it, although no charges were brought as a result.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “This is a serious case and you behaved in the most appalling way.

“This is a bad case of invasion of privacy and there appears to be no explanation as to why a 51-year-old man with no previous convictions committed this offence.”

“The only question I need to ask myself if whether the inevitable short prison sentence can be suspended and I have just been persuaded that it can.

“You can be better rehabilitated in the community with help from the probation service.”

She handed Preece, formerly of Breadsall, a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Gregor Purcell, prosecuting, said the offence took place earlier this year.

He said the victim went into the toilet and spotted what looked like a mobile phone hidden on the ground behind a pedestal.

Mr Purcell said she picked it up and noticed it was physically recording at the time.

He said the police were called and seized the phone and analysed it.

On it were recordings of the victim and intimate photographs of a second woman.

Mr Purcell said: “In her victim personal statement she says she feels violated and horrified that anyone would do this to her.

“She said she felt physically sick.”

Preece, now of Winston Close, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, was arrested and answered “no comment” to the questions he was asked.

He later pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism. He has no previous convictions.

Joe Harvey, mitigating, said: “He has had time to reflect on his actions and why he committed this offence but he is unable to articulate his decision in doing what he did.

“He does accept there was an element of seeking sexual gratification in this.

“He has now moved back to North Wales, where he is originally from, and cares for his elderly mother.

“There is no doubt these offences are serious and of unquestionable stupidity.”

As part of the suspended sentence, Preece must carry out 30 rehabilitation days with the probation service to address his offending.

He was also placed on the sex offender register for seven years and was handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

The victim’s identity is protected by law.


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News