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Restraining order for voyeur who used a smartphone, a stick and mirror to spy on naked woman

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

Stroud Magistrate's Court

Stroud Magistrate's Court

A mirror and a smartphone were dangled in front of a naked woman in bed by a voyeur trying to get his kicks.

Magistrates heard how Andrew Mark Stoodley pointed a mirror on a stick, then a mobile phone with a camera into the woman’s bedroom.

Peter Ashby, prosecuting, said it was the latest in a series of events which worried the woman so much that she was about to move out.

“She noticed him over several years on a number of occasions watching her, including her sunbathing in the garden,” said Mr Ashby.

“That made her feel ‘freaked out’ in her words and she started to move out.

“On July 25, 2013 at 10pm she went to her bedroom - there were no curtains in her windows because she was packing to move.

“She got undressed and was no wearing clothes, before getting in to bed, and went under the duvet.

“At 10.30pm she noticed something dangling down outside her window. It was a mirror, about the size of an A4 piece of paper.

“It was being moved up and down like a yo yo for 20 minutes.

“She stayed under the duvet, the mirror went and a mobile telephone was dangled down.

“That was lit up, as if it was working. She believed she was being recorded. It was hoisted out of view.

“She got out of bed and hung coats outside her bedroom window.

“She looked up and saw him standing nearby with a mobile telephone in his hand. She moved out of sight.”

Shortly after, Stoodley was arrested and in interview he said over a period of three years he took 100 pictures of her while sunbathing in the garden, said Mr Ashby.

“He described it as a game,” he said. “He felt like he was being invited to look.

“In police interview he said ‘She is a very beautiful woman and I enjoy looking at her’.

Mr Ashby asked the bench for a restraining order to be imposed.

Stoodley, 56, of Stonehouse, pleaded guilty to observing a person doing a private act for the purpose obtaining sexual gratification, knowing that person did not consent to being observed, on January 22.

He appeared before Stroud Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 12 for sentencing.

Nicola Colwill, defending, said a very thorough report on Stoodley had been prepared by the probation service.

“He is a man of previous good character,” she said. “There is no suggestion he is of concern. There is no suggestion of predatory behaviour and there are no aggravating factors.”

The bench followed the recommendations of the probation report and imposed an 18 month conditional discharge.

A restraining order for the same period was imposed. He was ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Warned about the consequences of breaking the restraining order by the bench, Stoodley replied: “Please be assured I have no intention of contacting her at all in any way whatsoever.”

 
 

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