December 2006

Photographer jailed for voyeurism

A photographer who secretly filmed women getting changed in his studio has been jailed for 15 months.

Mark Parish, 40, hid a camera among electrical equipment in the dressing room of his Canary Wharf studio in east London, Southwark Crown Court heard.

He was discovered when the boyfriend of one of his victims caught a glimpse of the footage on Parish’s computer.

Parish, of Poplar, east London, was convicted of four counts of voyeurism between January and July 2005.

Intimate areas

He was also found guilty of one charge of making an indecent photograph of a child, one of possessing indecent images of youngsters, and one of possessing equipment for the purposes of voyeurism.

But Parish was cleared of one other count of voyeurism and five other counts of making indecent images of children.

Sentencing, Judge Paul Dodgson said: “You deliberately installed cameras in that changing room.

“You started to use those cameras… to take pictures of women undressing, and to take intimate pictures of the genital areas.”

During the case, prosecutor Hugh Davies said: “[Parish] abused his position for voyeuristic purposes by covertly recording women as they changed.”

He said there was a camera hidden in an extension lead connector for a set of lights and the images were stored on a computer hard drive.

The judge banned Parish from working with children for life and put him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.