A BIN MAN made an improvised selfie stick from a pole and elastic bands so he could film a naked woman taking a shower, a court heard.
Jeffrey Brown, 39, managed to point his mobile phone through the bathroom window of a house in Leeds so he could film the woman.
A court heard Brown was caught when he was spotted by the victim’s partner who caught him red handed and confronted him
Leeds Crown Court heard Brown, who was wearing his Leeds City Council uniform at the time, ran off but dropped his driving licence as he fled the property on Kendal Walk, Woodhouse.
Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said police were contacted and Brown was easily identified and traced after the incident, which took place of December 4, last year
The married father-of-one was arrested and admitted to committing the offence because he simply wanted to see a naked woman.
Brown, of Dufton Approach, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to one offence of voyeurism.
Mark Foley, mitigating, said Brown had quit his job with the council after his arrest as he knew he would face the sack upon conviction.
He said Brown, who worked as a bin delivery driver, had no previous convictions and had behaved out of character.
Mr Foley said Brown had worked for Leeds City Council through an agency for 11 years but had recently been taken on by the local authority as a permanent employee.
The lawyer described the incident as opportunistic and unplanned. He said he had gone to the property by mistake before realising someone was in the shower.
Mr Foley said no one was visible on Brown’s mobile phone footage as the bathroom was full of steam. He added that Brown deleted the footage after running away.
Mr Foley said: “He is thoroughly ashamed and the fear and the anxiety that this has caused has provided an element of punishment in its own right.
“He has had to confess to his mother and wife why he was in court. His family situation is stressful.”
Brown was given a three month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to to 100 hours unpaid work.
Recorder Abdul Iqbal, QC, said: “The temptation was that you simply wished to see a naked female.
“Whether it was a good quality recording or not we will never never know because you deleted those images knowing there was a very good chance that you would be arrested.”