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Man hid camera in woman’s room

PUBLISHED: 16:48 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:33 25 August 2010

A PEEPING tom who set up a hidden camera in a young woman s bathroom and secretly photographed her for two months has escaped a jail term.

A PEEPING tom who set up a hidden camera in a young woman's bathroom and secretly photographed her for two months has escaped a jail term.

Alan Berkshire, 56, of Lingfield Crescent, Falconwood had scores of recordings of his naked 22-year-old victim saved on his computer when police seized the equipment in April 2006, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. The horrified woman, who cannot be named, discovered Berkshire's digital camera fixed inside an innocent looking cardboard box at her home in Canning Town.

Jobless Berkshire told police it was a 'one off', but police found nearly sixty images of the woman in various states of undress.

But his victim was shown material on Berkshire's computer and identified herself in the majority of the snaps.

Prosecutor Christopher Amor said: "She looked at some 77 pictures on the desktop tower and confirmed that 59 were indeed her on different dates. It was quite contrary to what the defendant was claiming when he was interviewed - that this was the one and only time he had done this."

Judge Inigo Bing said a prison sentence would fail to address Berkshire's 'sexual deviance'. He ordered Berkshire sign the sex offenders' register for five years and attend a sex offenders' programme as part of a three-year community punishment order.

Judge Bing said: "Your behaviour is manipulative, predatory and a violation."

Berkshire admitted 11 counts of voyeurism.

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