Landlord convicted of secretly filming female tenants

16/02/2017

A landlord, who covertly filmed women at his home, was sentenced on 8 February 2017 at Warwick Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to observing a person doing a private act.

On 6 September 2016, one of the victims noticed an air freshener on top of a cupboard. When she closely examined it, she noticed some wires and a battery stored in the back of the air freshener as well as a camera concealed inside.

She contacted the police who confiscated the item and subsequently arrested the defendant.

Officers seized a number of electrical items belonging to Brookes and discovered a number of covert recordings of women using rooms which he had rented out as well as an app linking the device to his mobile phone.

The defendant pleaded guilty to seven counts of observing a person doing a private act.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Stephen Brookes abused his position of trust to covertly film young women who used his property.

"He had discreetly positioned hidden cameras in rooms which he knew the victims would use. The feed from these cameras went directly to his mobile phone.

"When he was eventually caught out, he admitted to his guilt and he will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions."