A manager who filmed women using the toilet after placing hidden cameras in the loos at the company where he worked has been jailed.
Peter Irwin, 66, was given a six-month sentence yesterday after a court heard he admitted gaining sexual gratification from the secret footage he obtained while working at the firm in Leeds.
A court heard Irwin was working as an operations manager at Hesco Bastion when his offending first came to light in August last year. The company, based at Cross Green industrial estate, manufactures container units for the military. Andrew Stranex, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court a member of staff noticed a camera while she was using a toilet.
The camera contained a memory card and the member of staff showed it to some of her colleagues. Mr Stranex said: “At some point while showing it to colleagues this defendant took it and gave the impression to her that he was going to deal with the issue with the management.”
The court heard Irwin then went home sick and concerns were raised when the camera was still on his desk. His desk was searched and other cameras and memory cards were found. The footage was played and showed images of members of staff using the toilet.
Irwin was arrested and denied any wrongdoing. He claimed he was filming people because he was concerned about staff not washing their hands. Irwin was bailed but arrested again after his wife searched their home and found further material.
He pleaded guilty to seven offences of voyeurism. Anthony Farrell, mitigating, said Irwin, now of the Gate House, Wakefield had lost his family, job and reputation as a result of the convictions.
Jailing him, judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “These were disgraceful and despicable offences.”