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Office worker who spied on Starbucks customers with a hidden camera spared jail

By: standard.co.uk 3 months ago
Office worker who spied on Starbucks customers with a hidden camera spared jail

An office worker who spied on Starbucks customers with a hidden camera to satisfy a sexual "fetish" was today spared jail.  Antony Dines, 31, hid a spycam in an air vent at the coffee shop in Vauxhall, leaving it to film unsuspecting women for up to a month in November last year.  He had also used the matchbox-sized camera to secretly record colleagues on the toilet at the office where he worked in New Malden. 

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An office worker who spied on Starbucks customers with a hidden camera to satisfy a sexual "fetish" was today spared jail. 

Antony Dines, 31, hid a spycam in an air vent at the coffee shop in Vauxhall, leaving it to film unsuspecting women for up to a month in November last year. 

He had also used the matchbox-sized camera to secretly record colleagues on the toilet at the office where he worked in New Malden. 

Dines accidentally filmed himself installing the camera at Starbucks, but remained on the loose until police published the image. 

Several of his shocked colleagues then called police to say they believed Dines was the wanted man in the picture. The court heard he had set up the camera in the third floor of his office because more women worked there. 

Dines, a graduate in human resources management from Kingston-upon-Thames who was also a preacher  and administrator at a local church, pleaded guilty to four counts of voyeurism last month. 

He was sentenced to a community order of  at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court today. 

Chairman of the Magistrates' bench Edward Gold said: "Recording a private act, this offence is serious. There will be a community order which will last 12 months."

He said the order will include 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and prosecution costs of £85. Dines was also ordered to spend 30 days working on his rehabilitation with the probation service. 

He will also have to sign the Sex Offenders' Register. 

In mitigation Dines'  solicitor Gethin Payne had told the court said he had no previous convictions and read a statement from the church he had worked for saying they were "devastated and appalled" by the allegations and had contacted the police when they saw his picture circulated. 

However they added that the incident was "totally out of character" and that Dines, who has lost his job as an assistant with a legal firm, had helped many people through his church work. 

When he was arrested, Dines had a rucksack stashed under his desk at work containing camera equipment, electrical tape, memory cards, a screwdriver, and nine pairs of women's underwear. 

Quizzed by police, he admitted "he had a fetish for watching women urinate", prosecutor George Crivelli told Camberwell Green magistrates court heard at an earlier hearing. 

Mr Crivelli added: "The defendant stated he had placed the camera in his own workplace before taking it to Starbucks, he had done this to film women using the toilet."

Dines admitted putting the camera in the Starbucks toilet once before, in February last year, leaving it to record while he had a cup of coffee. 

Mr Crivelli said the camera was discovered on November 22 last year when a male customer, after finishing using the toilet, noticed a light in the ceiling. 

He alerted staff who called in police, and officers then found the film of Dines standing on the toilet and using a screwdriver to install the camera. 

"He is fiddling around with the device to put it in place", said the prosecutor. 

"The defendant actually filmed himself installing the camera - there was a good image of his face on the recording. 

"The defendant is then seen to wipe the toilet seat clean for foot marks where he had been standing to put it in play."

The court heard there were 24 videos of people using the toilet on the camera, which was voice-operated to only film when someone was in the room. 

Mr Crivelli said when Dines was arrested at work after he "attempted to distance himself from the bag and told police it wasn't him". 

But he later confessed he had collected up his various camera equipment and was intending to destroy it, having learned that police were hunting for him and he "knew it would look bad".

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