March 2021

Pervert from Maidstone used a ‘spy watch’ to film victim in bathroom and uploaded footage to porn site

A voyeur secretly filmed a female in the shower using a ‘spy watch’ before uploading the videos to an international pornography site.

Floyd Winch, from Maidstone, perched his covert camera on the side of the bath, primed to film his victim six times.

The 30-year-old was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court for one year for voyeurism, which left the female now “paranoid about being watched”.

She was contacted by a stranger in America who discovered the video on a pornography site which receives millions of visitors. He told her the footage had been watched thousands of times.

Originally believing it to be a joke, the victim’s fears were soon confirmed and she notified the police.

It has taken five years for the case to reach sentencing at Canterbury Crown Court this week.

A probe revealed Winch had stored six videos of her on his “spy watch” and a computer tower seized from his Kingsley Road home – though it’s not where the offences took place.

Following his arrest Winch maintained the recordings were accidental and he uploaded one video in error, because “he has poor eyesight”.

But he pleaded guilty on the day of his trial earlier this year.

Winch’s victim told the court she feels “paranoid about being watched” after the ordeal in 2016.

“I feel very embarrassed and more so that I have been published on a porn website and thousands of people around the world would have seen it.

“I also feel I now need to sleep in pyjamas because I’m concerned what could happen in my sleep.

“Also I feel uncomfortable undressing in the house,” she said.

Judge Simon James told Winch he lacked remorse and his previous denial was “manifestly false and self-serving”.

“Your victim discovered what you had done after she was contacted by one of the many thousands of people who had seen those images.

“The offences were planned, the images were recorded and circulated as far and wide as possible.”

Softly-spoken Winch, supported by his mother in court, appeared in the dock wearing a medical face mask and dark cardigan.

He could be seen taking deep breaths throughout the hearing and spoke to confirm his name, address and charges.

A restraining order will prevent him from contacting his victim for 10 years and he will remain of the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.