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CCTV staff deny 'cheap thrills'
Two CCTV operators have denied spying on a woman for "cheap thrills" as she undressed in her home.

David Welsh and Kevin Judge were at work in a control centre for Sefton Council in Merseyside when a camera was pointed at the 25-year-old.

Images of the woman undressing, bathing and using the toilet were beamed onto a plasma screen in the centre.

Mr Judge, 42, of Crosby, Merseyside, and Mr Welsh, 41, of Anfield, Liverpool, deny charges of voyeurism.

Camera controller Mark Summerton, 37, of Kirkdale, pleaded guilty to voyeurism and attempted voyeurism at an earlier hearing.

The offence of voyeurism was introduced in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. It applies to those who observe others doing private acts without their knowledge for sexual gratification.

You saw this young lady briefly but you say on your oath you didn't derive sexual gratification
David Williams, defending
On Thursday, Mr Judge and Mr Welsh gave evidence at Liverpool Crown Court. Mr Judge has admitted misconduct in a public office.

Mr Welsh denied seeing any images of the young woman when she was filmed on 12 November 2004, claiming he was busy with other duties.

Footage of the control room appears to show Mr Welsh looking at the screen and make a binoculars gesture.

Under cross-examination, he said he was simply moving his hands from behind his head and did not remember why he pointed at the screen.

'No gratification'

Peter Davies, prosecuting, asked: "Do you remember anything that happened that night that might have caused you to say to your colleagues, 'Look at that.'? A serious disturbance perhaps, or a man getting a beating?"

Mr Welsh replied: "No."

Mr Davies asked: "What about a girl undressing? What about an attractive girl in her underwear? 'Wow, look at that Kev.' Anything like that?"

Mr Welsh replied: "No."

Mr Davies said: "You were getting a cheap thrill, weren't you, at the expense of this poor girl you have expressed your sympathy for today?"

Mr Welsh again replied: "No."

During his evidence, Mr Judge admitted catching a fleeting glance of the naked woman and said he told the man controlling the camera to stop.

"I told him he was out of order and to stop it," he said.

David Williams, defending, asked: "You saw this young lady briefly but you say on your oath you didn't derive sexual gratification?"

He replied: "I say that on my oath."

The trial continues.




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