A 55-year-old man who filmed naked women in a sunbed salon for his own “squalid sexual gratification” has been jailed for eight months.
Pervert Nikolas Heath was caught after an unsuspecting woman inside the Gloden salon in Bristol saw him filming her on his mobile phone from the adjacent tanning booth.
Bristol Crown Court heard Heath emerged from the booth, apologised and claimed he was trying to film his wife, who he said had left him days earlier.
Heath then offered a donation to the charity of her choice, by way of an apology, and offered her his phone to delete images.
He told a staff member he had “done something really stupid” and offered a substantial sum of money for it to go no further.
The police were called and officers found video footage of the woman on the phone and, on Heath’s computer, videos of five more women filmed in almost identical circumstances.
At a previous hearing Heath, of Moor Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano, North Somerset, admitted six charges of voyeurism which took place between May and December 2015.
Heath, who has a previous conviction for possessing indecent images of children, suffers from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Passing sentence, Judge James Patrick said Heath had told a series of lies to try to talk his way out of trouble including claiming his wife had left him.
He said: ”These women believed they were alone and unobserved and you were probably lying on the floor to surreptitiously film for your own very squalid sexual gratification.
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“This was six offences on six separate occasions and there was a significant degree of planning.
“It is in the nature of these offences that the victims had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
“It is plain that you observed and filmed them for a lengthy period of time.
“It is clear to me that you were motivated by your own sexual gratification and at the time of the commission of these offences you were viewing adult pornography for hours on end and this offending is part of that.”
Heath was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and made subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order which bans him from entering any tanning and beauty salons and places restrictions on his computer use.
An iPhone and Apple computer were also ordered to be destroyed by the judge.