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.