Prison for pervert who fitted cameras to spy on his lodger

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A dangerous pervert who was caught after he drove through the streets in his car looking for a child was later found to have installed secret cameras in his home to spy on a lodger in her intimate moments.

Kevin Payne, who had a history of indecency offences including downloading child pornography, was arrested after a woman became suspicious about his activities one day in Castleford.

Lyndsey Gledhill alerted the police after she overheard one little girl say to him: “No, I don’t want to go to the shops.”

Payne, 57, of Hawthorne Terrace, Garforth, Leeds was yesterday convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which restricted his contact with children.

Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, then told the jury that Payne had also admitted a charge of voyeurism. After his arrest a young woman living at his home found Payne had put a clothes hanger in her bedroom with a tiny camera attached. She told her father who came round and they then discovered a bathroom ceiling tile was loose with a second camera giving a view of the bath.

Mr Woolfall said the feed from that camera led to the living room where there was an antenna box at the side of a large television and they discovered one channel gave clear pictures of the bath.

Jailing Payne for five years, Judge Scott Wolstenholme said he considered him dangerous. His record included indecent assaults on children, exposure and jail sentences in 2003 and 2010 for downloading indecent images.

It was clear on his last release he had simply ignored the SOPO imposed on him “and gave way to your sexual urges”.

In a gross breach of trust, he installed the cameras so he could spy on the girl “when she was undressing or in the bath”.

“Then on June 4 you went out in your car and over a significant period you were then cruising the streets looking for young children and you did make contact. I am satisfied on the evidence you were trying to get a little girl to get into your car or go with you somewhere. Who knows what might have happened.”

The judge awarded Miss Gled-hill £100 for her actions.