February 2015

Paedophile had ‘shoe camera’ to film children in changing rooms

A PAEDOPHILE concealed a camera in his shoe and hid another in a swimming pool changing room so he could secretly film children.

Nick Taylor, 44, was caught filming a ten-year-old girl at an East Yorkshire holiday park as she got changed.

When police raided his home they found a shoe, with a camera hidden inside the toe, which he used to film up girls’ skirts.

Taylor admitted two counts of voyeurism and possessing indecent images at Hull Crown Court

Prosecuting, Philip Evans said Taylor was caught when the girl’s teenage brother saw the camera in the changing rooms in March last year.

Mr Evans said: “He saw a light flickering from the water on the floor.

“Upon further investigation, he saw a camera pointing into the cubicle where his ten-year-old sister was getting changed.

“He also saw a brown bag he associated with the driver of a vehicle outside the swimming pool.

“He went and wrote down the registration number of the vehicle.”

The boy returned to his caravan at the Thornwick and Sea Farm Holiday Centre, in Flamborough, where he was on holiday, and told his father what he saw. He then called the police.

Mr Evans said: “He was so upset he was unable to make the usual video- recorded statement to the police.

“The defendant was known to staff at the holiday park and was seen on CCTV to enter the changing rooms again and emerge two hours later without ever having gone into the swimming pool.”

Officers arrested Taylor the following day and then raided his home in Eastville Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

There, they found recording equipment, including a “device inserted into a shoe” which “enabled the defendant to take up-skirt shots”.

They also found 5,500 indecent images of children. Some victims were as young as 18 months old.

He confessed he had been filming in the changing rooms, both when the girl was there and when he had been in there for two hours the next day.

In mitigation for Taylor, Paul Norton told the court he was the main carer for his wife, who is seriously ill.

Arguing for a suspended sentence, he said: “The effect of immediate imprisonment would have a devastating impact on her.

“He has demonstrated real remorse.”

Sentencing Taylor to six months in prison, Judge Michael Mettyear said: “Turning to the voyeurism, it was sophisticated, planned and a serious breach of trust.

“The only matter which makes this case somewhat more difficult than normal for me is that your wife is very, very ill and you are her main carer.

“But for that factor, I would be passing a considerably longer sentence, however, she is the one who is going to suffer most by your imprisonment and I want to do all I reasonably can to shorten that suffering by her.”

Taylor was given a sexual offences prevention order for five years and must sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.