September 2019

Voyeur filmed women on the toilet and getting changed without them knowing

A voyeur filmed women on the toilet and in a state of undress without their knowledge for his own sexual gratification.

Keir Hazlehurst, 33, used both his phone and a spy camera positioned in a way that his unwitting victims were unable to tell they were being filmed.

The videos of his victims came to light after he showed a photo of a woman on a toilet to a friend who later reported him.

In total police found 43 still images taken from videos, which had been deleted, of three women with the youngest being 16 years old.

They also found two images of a fourth woman which had been taken at the Celtic Manor hotel in Newport.

A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday heard father-of-two Hazlehurst, who managed a fish and chip shop, carried out the offences in 2018.

Prosecutor David Pugh said: “The defendant showed [a friend] a video and told him it was humorous.

“The video showed [a woman] on the toilet with her trousers down and showed part of her thigh. It was clear that she did not know she was being filmed.

“[The friend] stopped watching the video and felt uncomfortable about it.”

Police later attended the defendant’s home address in Llanishen, Cardiff, and seized electrical equipment including his mobile phone. When the phone was seized police found images of three women who were pictured on the toilet, topless, and in a state of undress.

They also seized a Fuji camera which contained two images of a woman at the Celtic Manor hotel in a state of undress.

On a laptop they found search terms relating to indecent images of children but no images were found on the device.

Hazlehurst remained silent during his police interview but later pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court one of the defendant’s victims said her life had been “changed forever”.

She said: “My social life has been affected and I feel unable to leave the house and feel uncomfortable going out. I don’t want to speak to people as they might have found out about what had happened and might be talking about me.

“It makes attending the gym or any other sporting activity impossible and even at home I have to pull the blinds and shut the curtain to bathe.

“This has changed my life and I no longer have the confidence to go anywhere. I want to get back to how I was before and not feel any of this pain.”