August 2017

Pervert rigged up spy camera inside Lynx shower gel bottle to film 13-year-old girl naked

A Bristol pervert hid a camera phone in a shower gel bottle to film a naked 13-year-old girl

Michael Magic set up the device in his bathroom and first made a covert “practice run” film of his wife showering.

But the father-of-three’s intended victim was a 13-year-old girl – and he managed to secretly film her for his sexual gratification before she rumbled him.

Magic, 38, a warehouse worker of Pilgrims Walk in St Anne’s Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism today, as his victim said she cannot get the memory of discovering what he had done out of her head.

James Haskell, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court that the girl was at Magic’s home when she showered and noticed a Lynx shower gel bottle in the bathroom cabinet.

Mr Haskell said: “She noticed that inside the bottle was a mobile phone.

“She looked at the mobile and she saw it had a video, which showed the defendant positioning the phone into the bottle, placing it in the bathroom cabinet and directing the camera to face towards the shower cubicle.

“The defendant had cut a rectangle in the bottle to enable the camera on the phone to view the shower cubicle.”

When Magic was confronted he immediately admitted it was him, repeatedly apologised and said he had done it before and he didn’t know what had got into his head.

The girl told her mother, who reported Magic to police.

Magic told officers he had seen the child’s chest exposed and he felt attracted to her and wanted to see more.

He said he filmed his wife in the shower as a “practice run” and managed to film the youngster – using some footage for sexual gratification.

Magic was handed a 60 day rehabilitation activity requirement, told to attend sex offender treatment and ordered to compensate his victim £1,000.

He was told to register as a sex offender for five years.

Magic declined to comment as he left court.

Afterwards the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “Obviously the judge can’t lock him up for 20,000 years until he dies.

“I would have liked to have seen more. It’s just how it is.”

Her mother said: “I feel really, really let down by the justice system, not the judge personally. These sentencing guidelines are not in favour of the victim. They are in favour of saving public spending on prison.

“I was hoping for immediate custody so he could suffer a fraction of the hardship my daughter suffered.”

The girl, who viewed the sentencing hearing at Bristol Crown Court via video link, made an impact statement in which she said: “It’s always in my head. I can’t get rid of the memory, it won’t leave me alone.”

She said she now has to shower with her mum in the bathroom and felt ashamed about what happened.