March 2021

Pervert filmed teenager in toilets at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre

A pervert who filmed girls in toilets at a leisure centre and fast food restaurant has been jailed.

Luke Murdoch, 26 from the Worthing area, was found guilty of three counts of voyeurism in Guildford.

Guildford Crown Court heard the first of the offences occurred on May 20, 2019 when officers were called to Spectrum Leisure Centre following reports of a man in the female toilets who was filming under the cubicles.

The victim, a 15 year-old girl, saw a camera phone being placed beneath the stall and ran to tell her sister. They reported the incident to staff, who called the police.

The second incident on October 23, 2019 saw officers called to Burger King at Ladymead Retail Park after an 11-year-old girl was followed into the bathrooms and photographed while on the toilet.

The matter was again reported to staff and police were called.

Murdoch was identified after an appeal with CCTV footage circulated to the public via the media media and on Surrey Police’s social media channels.

He was arrested on December 17, 2019 and subsequently charged with voyeurism.

Forensic examination of his phone post-arrest uncovered further voyeuristic images of adult women that appeared to have been taken in various public toilets.

On March 11 he was sentenced to nine months behind bars and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order lasting 10 years.

Prevention orders are issued if someone is considered a risk to the wider public or a specific individual and prohibits the individual from doing specified things.

Any breach is punishable by a sentence of up to five years.