Chapel man admits placing spy camera in work toilet

A 58-YEAR-old man placed a tiny video camera in the toilet at his place of work to film a female fellow employee when she went in to use it.

Richard Ball of Buckingham Drive, Chapel St Leonards, admitted installing equipment with the intention of enabling him to observe another person doing a private act, for the purpose of sexual gratification, when he appeared before magistrates at Skegness last week.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said Ball worked at Parkers Undertakers in Wainfleet and on April 24, when his female colleague said she was going to use the toilet, he said he had to use it first.

When she went in after him, she saw a tiny piece of equipment about one inch long on the floor of the cubicle, which turned out to be a video camera.

She picked it up and, when she went out, Ball appeared equally anxious to go back in and she put ‘two and two together’ and complained.

Ball admitted to the police what he had done and said he was ‘aroused at the thought of seeing her naked in the toilet’.

He also admitted to police that he had secretly filmed both his wife and his daughter in law when they were in the shower at home and he asked for those offences to be taken into consideration when he was sentenced.

In mitigation, Andrea Wilkes said it was an isolated incident at work and he had only taken the camera in that day.

She said he had not placed the camera there permanently and had no intention to distribute the material.

When he realised she had found the camera he panicked and left the building, she said. She said he had been dismissed from his employment.

The magistrates adjourned the case until August 23 for a pre-sentence report from the Probation Service and granted Ball conditional bail.