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CABBIE CAM Lanarkshire taxi driver installed hidden camera in his cab to upskirt female passengers

Police discovered his pervy cam after they raided his home in connection with sick images of children

By David Meikle

A TAXI driver who installed a hidden camera to film under the clothing of unsuspecting passengers is facing jail.

David Whitehead, 53, set up the covert device in a twisted bid to record members of the public as they travelled in his vehicle.

His seedy spying operation saw him capture footage of a passenger but it only came to light when police raided his home in connection with sick images of children.

Officers launched a dawn raid at the property in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, after a tip off and discovered extreme clips and pictures.

The disturbing haul of 2503 photos and 1529 videos included horrific footage of abuse.

Whitehead appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court and admitted taking or permitting indecent images of children between August 2005 and August 2017

He also admitted having the hidden camera in his car between August and September 2013.

The court was told Whitehead was stripped of his taxi licence soon after his arrest last year.

 

Depute fiscal Agnes Meek said: “Information was received by the National Child Abuse Prevention that a device associated with the locus was connected to the internet and had indecent images of children available for sharing.

“Officers sought and were granted a warrant and police attended to execute the warrant.

“A systematic search was carried out and a number of devices were seized.

“The accused while standing in his kitchen in front of officers, stated ‘it is all me, nothing to do with my boy’.

“He was detained and after provided a no comment interview.”

Miss Meek added: “One moving image is 29 minutes long and features several clips put together of child sexual exploitation.”

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll deferred sentence and continued Whitehead’s bail for reports but warned him to expect to be sent to prison.

He added: “Given the nature of the offences you should understand that a custodial sentence is very much at the forefront of this court’s mind.

“I will continue your bail but you should not draw any conclusions from that regarding the ultimate final disposal of this case.”

Whitehead was placed on the sex offenders register.

North Lanarkshire Council confirmed they revoked Whitehead’s taxi licence last year.

His not guilty pleas to possessing indecent photos, possessing extreme bestiality images and possessing cannabis were accepted by prosecutors.

SPY CAM HUSBAND Suspicious husband used spy camera to film his teacher wife in their bedroom for three years because he wrongly thought she was having an affair

His wife found 29 videos of herself that had been shot in the bedroom – lasting between a few seconds and up to 40 minutes

By Ellie Cambridge

A SUSPICIOUS husband spied on his teacher wife for three years using a hidden camera in their bedroom – as he wrongly thought she was having an affair.

Paul Lewis, 46, continued to record partner Ann, even though his covert filming revealed she wasn’t cheating on him.

 

Eventually Ann found 29 videos of herself shot in the bedroom when the camera was moved to the kitchen.

Some lasted a few seconds and others were as long as 40 minutes – with some showing Lewis installing the camera.

When Ann confronted shaven-haired Lewis in January of this year, he said he was glad she had found the camera – adding she had been “p*****g me off long enough”.

Lewis told police he installed the camera because he thought Ann, 45, was having an affair and he wanted to catch her.

 

But he said continued filming because he knew it would annoy her.

Swansea Crown Court heard the marriage was “effectively over” and there was “no sexual motive” for his covert camera behaviour on his wife.

James Hartson, defending Lewis, said his client lost his good character “in the most shameful of ways”.

Mr Hartsson gave five personal references which showed Lewis to be a “kind-hearted, hard-working and well-liked man”.

Judge Keith Thomas told Lewis: “You have committed a thoroughly unpleasant offence.”

Lewis, of Aberdulais, near Neath, South Wales, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months after he admitted harassment.

He was also handed a five-year restraining order and must do 120 hours of unpaid work.

 

The couple have since parted and keen musician Lewis has moved back to live with his elderly mother.

After the case, his mother Margaret said: “He’s not a bad boy but he’s just done one stupid thing. This should have all been sorted out without going to the police.”

A neighbour said: “They seemed like a very normal couple to the outside world but clearly things weren’t right there – and he left in a bit of a hurry. I dare say we won’t be invited around to see the family videos now.”