June 2016

St Albans toilet spy caught by little girl’s mum

Malcolm Hawkins

A man who spied on a three-year-old girl in a toilet was caught after her mother took a picture of him and put it on social media, a court heard.

Malcolm Hawkins, 57, was found guilty of voyeurism by a jury at St Albans Crown Court.

Hawkins, who was given a 12-month community order, was caught on camera when he stuck his head under the door.

The mother shouted “dirty pervert” and took a picture, which was later spotted on social media by Hawkins’ neighbour.

The neighbour told him about the picture, taken inside the toilets of Verulamium Park in St Albans in 2014. He then handed himself in, the court was told.

Hawkins, of Oakmere Avenue, Potters Bar, must register as a sex offender for five years and was fined £250 and told to pay £1,500 in costs.

Will Noble, prosecuting, said consideration would now be given seeking a ban on Hawkins going to women’s toilets.

Prosecutor Will Noble said that on July 17, 1998 he sexually assaulted a woman by pushing her against a fence and touching her. She screamed and he ran away.

He received a probation order for that offence in 1999.

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