September 2017

Belfast man jailed after filming kids using camera hidden in bathroom

A man who filmed children using a camera hidden in his bathroom clock was jailed yesterday following an investigation by the National Crime Agency and PSNI.

Patrice Renault, 43 and from the Lisburn Road in South Belfast , also downloaded hundreds of videos of child abuse on to his computers, as well as extreme pornography and voyeuristic pictures and videos.

Renault was the manager of a Hotel on the Dublin Road, Belfast

He was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for making indecent images of children and possessing extreme pornography as well as eight month’s consecutive imprisonment for voyeurism at Belfast Crown Court.

The judge said Renault would spend six months in prison and then serve a suspended prison sentence of 18 months.

NCA and PSNI officers arrested Renault at his home after he was linked to internet traffic related to indecent images of children.

He quickly confessed to searching for and downloading images of “young boys in love”, directing officers to the relevant computers and handing over his passwords.

But Renault did not tell officers he had hidden a camera in the clock in his bathroom and used it to record guests at his home.

Those filmed included three children.

The search of his computer equipment revealed almost 1,000 indecent images and extreme pornographic videos.

Most related to boys aged 12 to 15 but it also included a boy five of being abused. Officers also discovered 1,135 voyeurism videos which Renault had recorded.

He admitted the 15 people he secretly recorded were friends who had mostly come over from France.

One was a five-year-old who was being showered by his father in Renault’s bathroom.

He was charged and convicted of making and possessing more than 900 indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and voyeurism.