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An Edinburgh landlord set-up hidden cameras in the bedroom and bathroom of his flat, to film people in bed and in the shower.

The cameras were discovered by a young couple, friends of the landlord who allowed them to use the accommodation. The couple found a box on the living room table with a camera built into it.

When they connected it to a laptop they discovered filming of the young woman getting out of the shower, along with footage of other people who had been in the flat.

As reported by the Edinburgh Evening News, 39-year old Jonathan Hartwell of McDonald Road, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to setting up the covert cameras to film and record adult males and females undressing and using the toilet and shower, between May 31 and August 12 last year.

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Sheriff Gordon Liddle was told by Fiscal Depute, Brian Robertson in court that Hartwell, the landlord of the flat in McDonald Road, had let the man and woman, who were friends of his at the time, use it. Moving in on August 10 they subsequently found a box on the living room table which contained a built-in camera, which could be plugged into a laptop. They contacted the police.

On investigation the police discovered two hidden cameras in the bedroom and bathroom which showed images of people asleep in bed, showering and using the toilet. The Fiscal said “The cameras were set up to watch people in the bedroom and bathroom”

Hartwell had been psychiatrically examined and was found to have no psychiatric illness. Jennifer Cameron, Hartwell’s defence solicitor, said it was obvious that a background report would be required and she would reserve her plea in mitigation.

The Sheriff described Hartwell’s actions as: “nasty voyeurism” and deferred sentence for a background report.

Ordering Hartwell to register as a sex offender, he told Hartwell: “This is a matter which clearly needs careful consideration in order to understand what lay behind this”.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. It is so sad that technology of today\’s is used for such bad purposes. Spy camera can be put to so many good uses like investigating criminals, getting proofs of robbery/murder and other similar crimes.
    It is widely used by reporters and media people for spying on people or for doing sting operation because people nowadays believe what they see and not what is rumered.

  2. Most states have specific laws regarding the use of hidden video surveillance in areas one can assume are private. In many states recording hidden video in areas such as a bathroom, dressing room OR HOTEL room is illegal and criminally punishable. Under several state laws spy cams are illegal to use in any area where one has a reasonable expectation of privacy. While few states may not specifically govern the use of spy cams in private areas, one should not assume legality as the use of a hidden video recording device in such areas may still be governed and criminally punishable under other privacy laws specific to that state.

    Hidden camera recording of private areas on Federal property (including Federal Parks and Prisons) is still illegal under the Federal video Voyeurism Protection Act of 2004 regardless of state laws.

    • The building of physical evidence can be diffulcult if la enforcement fails to do a complete thorough search either with or without a executed warrant of the suspected culprits premises or cyber officers conduct a IP trace of the computer or server legal inquiry Their has to be sufficient grounds to pursue prosection to the fullest extent of the lawt t his requires an order by an honorable judge to prove
      the unlawful act of spying

  3. The building of physical evidence can be diffulcult if la enforcement fails to do a complete thorough search either with or without a executed warrant of the suspected culprits premises or cyber officers conduct a IP trace of the computer or server legal inquiry Their has to be sufficient grounds to pursue prosection to the fullest extent of the lawt t his requires an order by an honorable judge to prove
    the unlawful act of spying

  4. I would like to know if it is legal or illegal in Edinburgh. I tented a private room and there are some cameras in everywhere. It us small like the size an egg with a red point in the middle. Can it be said to the police? It is legal? Thanks

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