Handyman filmed landlady undressing

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An Ilkeston church worker was lectured by a judge for setting up a camera to film his landlady getting ready for bed.

Alan Tate, 59, told police he was in love and only set up the equipment because he feared she had another boyfriend.

But Judge Ebrahim Mooncey, sitting at Derby Crown Court, told him: “I find that a ridiculous explanation.

“You could have set up a camera outside her house or just watched to see if anyone was going up to her front door.

“You set up a video recording system in her bedroom so you could film her getting dressed and undressed.”

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, told the court: “Fortunately the video didn’t show too much because of the angle of the camera.

“Nevertheless she realised it was her and she had not consented to it. She had been totally unaware of the recording being made.”

He said the landlady had decided to evict him and found porn when getting his belongings together. Police were called and the recording equipment was discovered.

Tate, now of Pelham Street, was put on probation for three years and must attend a course for sex offenders. He was arrested last July and admitted voyeurism and having porn, including scenes of animal sex in October 2011.

Tate, who had never been in trouble before, was banned from approaching the woman or going near her home. He was put on the Sex Offender Register for seven years.

Quentin Robbins, mitigating, handed in references from an Ilkeston church and other organisations.

He told the court that Tate had got a job as a church handyman since getting into trouble. He also supervised a furniture van which makes collections.

He had the animal pornography in 2008 and other images dated from that time. He only looked once at many of them.

Mr Robbins said Tate had put these matters behind him and told the judge: “There is a sad picture in which he admits he is a lonely man. This is his life now.

“He has never sought to hide what he did and acknowledges his guilt.”

He said a probation report suggested treatment for Tate and added: “It gives protection of the public with the imposition of an order to make him attend a sex offenders’ groupwork programme.”