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Voyeur who filmed naked tanning salon clients in Weston-super-Mare sentenced

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 30 March 2017

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse.

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A voyeur who pleaded guilty to filming unsuspecting people as they stripped off at a Weston-super-Mare tanning salon has been handed a community order and made to join the sex offenders’ register.

Marcin Idzik, now of Locking Road in Weston, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Tuesday after he installed a hidden camera at Gloden, in Oxford Street, unbeknown to the company’s management.

Footage revealed three men and two women – who have yet to be identified by police – had been filmed using the camera, which was secured to a tanning booth ceiling with tape.

Idzik, aged 30, told the court it had been his intention to film only women.

Idzik pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism plus one count of producing a controlled class B drug, cannabis.

Prosecuting Lucy Goldman said: “The matter came to light on October 15, when the defendant left the tanning booth.

“Shortly after, a cleaner entered the booth and found a small, black camera with tape wrapped around it on the floor. The camera was seized and analysed.

“The footage showed the defendant installing the camera and five people in total, three males and two females, naked in the booth.

“The length of time the camera was installed for cannot be confirmed.

“There was a degree of planning which required him purchasing the camera online and putting it into place.

“It is also an aggravating fact that he was abusing people’s privacy.

“They had gone into that room and undressed fully unaware they were being filmed.”

The court heard how Idzik had lost two jobs since he first appeared in court on March 3 as a result of his crime and the publicity it received.

Police arrested Idzik in his home, which at the time was in Meadow Street, and discovered three cannabis plants, which were believed to be for personal use.

Idzik was given to a three-year community order and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

He was also ordered to complete a 15-day rehabilitation course and a 60-day sexual offending programme, plus 60 hours of unpaid community work.

Idzik was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 in victim surcharge.

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