November 2020

Former bus driver jailed for voyeurism and possessing indecent images

A paedophile and voyeur who sent secretly recorded images he had taken of people to others online has been jailed.

Edward Leigh, 48, used a hidden camera linked to his phone to record the images before sending them to people on the Kik and We Chat messaging apps, a court heard.

The former bus driver also tried to groom what he thought was a teenage boy online and was found with a tranche of indecent images of children on his phone.

Leigh’s iPhone was seized after a police warrant in June last year. On it were indecent images, 55 of which were of the most serious category, as well as the secretly recorded videos of a total of eight victims.

All gave statements saying they had not given their permission to be recorded, Saul Brody, prosecuting, said.

And in statements read in court several said they were ‘sickened’ when they found out.

Explicit chat history with what Leigh believed to be a boy in his early teens in Australia was also discovered on the device when it was examined by specialist officers.

The potential victim had not been able to be traced so it was not known if they were a real person or if they were under 18, Mr Brody said.

Leigh, of Stockport, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of making an indecent image of a child, three counts of distributing an indecent image of a child, eight counts of recording a private act and six counts of installing equipment to record a private act.

Passing sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court, the judge John Edwards said Leigh had lived an “isolated existence” which had “lent itself towards this serious offending.”

He said Leigh had displayed “wholly dysfunctional thinking” and a “worrying lack of insight”, adding his apology “must ring hollow.”

He added: “It goes without saying that this is so serious it can only be marked a significant period of immediate custody.” Leigh was jailed for a total of five years and four months

He must also made subject or a sexual harm prevention order limiting his future use of electronic devices and must also sign the sex offenders for life.