A 52-year-old man will be placed on the sex offenders register for seven years after he admitted filming his female colleagues in the toilets of his place of work.
Robert Arthur Kelly, 52 years, a publishing manager from Manor Park, Richmond was sentenced on Thursday 24 July at Woolwich Crown Court where he received six months imprisonment suspended for two years, a one year supervision order, and was told he must conduct a sexual offending specified activity requirement for 60 days and that will equally be placed on the sex offenders register for seven years. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday 27 May to six offences of voyeurism.
On 19 October 2012 at approximately 12:45 hours a maintenance man who was repairing a toilet at Kelly’s place of work in Southwark found a recording device (an Ipod-nano) under the cistern in the women’s toilet.
This matter was reported to the police and an investigation began soon after.
The investigation identified that the Ipod was registered to Kelly and a subsequent examination of his work computer revealed a video stored on his desktop in a folder of a female member of staff using the toilet.
Kelly was arrested by police on 19 December 2012 for voyeurism. He was interviewed and admitted installing the device however stated that he did it in order to catch someone who had defecated on the ladies toilet floor one evening when he had used it.
He was subsequently bailed so that a forensic examination of his computer and the iPod could be carried out.
Examination of the Ipod then identified further deleted videos of female members of staff using this toilet. It also identified a recording of a woman inside her home address using her toilet.
Kelly was subsequently charged on 30 June 2013 with 6 counts of voyeurism.
On 2 December 2013 a trial began with Kelly initially pleading not guilty to all six counts.
The witnesses attended court and gave evidence however due to the expert evidence not being agreed on by defence and prosecution the case was re listed for trial in May 2014 in order for further work to be completed by the computer expert.
A further expert report was produced along with further evidence from a hard drive which was recovered from Kelly’s office at work which contained further images of a voyeuristic nature along with further recordings made by Kelly in his office.
On Thursday 27 May Kelly changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced as above
DC Sarah Naisbitt, Investigating officer Southwark: “This was a complex investigation that involved detailed examination and evaluation of computer files, where crucial evidence was secured. I would like to thank all witnesses in this investigation, Kelly violated these women in their place of work where they felt they were secure and had no idea that images of such a discreet nature would be taken of them in this way. I hope that they can take some consolation that he admitted the offence and as a result will have to sign on to the sex offenders register for a number of years. This type of intrusion is not acceptable and the Metropolitan Police will support all victims and pursue all suspects.â€