September 2016

War hero exposed as pervert who hoarded child abuse images


A war hero has been exposed as a pervert who secretly filmed his wife and other women in the toilet.

Colin Kennedy, 28, an Afghan veteran, also hoarded child abuse images

He has been booted out of the Army and is facing a prison sentence when he returns to court next month to learn his fate.

Former Royal Scots Borderer Kennedy has lost his marriage as well as his career, according to the Daily Record.

His now ex-wife said: “He appeared to be a genuine, lovely guy. He spoiled me. I had no idea what he had been doing.

“When I found out, I didn’t believe it at first. But eventually it sank in and I packed my bags and left him.”

Kennedy was a respected lance corporal in the 1 SCOTS battalion and had completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

But he hid a camera phone in the bathroom of a farmhouse in Ayrshire then got his kicks by filming his wife and the other women.

The offences continued for a year, from October 2012 to October 2013.

Kennedy confessed to police that he stashed the phone and used it to record his victims “undressing, bathing and using the lavatory .”

Prosecutor Jo Cunningham told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday: “He admitted doing this without their knowledge or consent. The complainers were not aware they were being filmed.

“It is unclear how many times the accused recorded the complainers while in a private act.”

Police later raided Kennedy’s Army home in Edinburgh and seized computers and a phone.

A search of the devices revealed he had stored 29 indecent images and films involving children as young as six.

Two of the images were classed as Category A – the worst level of child abuse.

The court heard that Kennedy’s crimes emerged in 2014 after military police questioned him about “a separate matter”.

The Record understands he was facing allegations of spying on servicewomen through windows at an Army base.

Colin Kennedy

His ex-wife said: “Colin was caught doing something in one of the barracks down south. He was looking in windows and things like that.

“I never really got the full story about that from him or from the Army. He was questioned for that and then he just admitted the rest of the things he’d been doing.

“But until I heard the charges read out in court, I had no idea how bad it was.”

The wife said she was living in Army accommodation in the capital when the police turned up without warning to search her house.

“I didn’t know anything until the police came to my door,” she added.

“They said nothing to me as they searched the house. I think they only mentioned that they were looking for devices with memory to store pictures.

“But they didn’t give me any reason why until they had finished the search. I had no idea what he had been doing.”

The wife said she had been with Kennedy for five years, and married him in 2012. But the marriage ended shortly after his crimes were revealed.

“It was like the rug was whipped out from under me,” she said.

“He never gave me an explanation. When I asked, he went quiet and wouldn’t tell me anything.

“The women were obviously upset. They feel betrayed by him. They haven’t seen or spoken to him since this happened.”

Kennedy pled guilty to charges including the filming offences and possessing indecent images of children.

Sheriff David Hall placed him on the sex offenders’ register and gave him bail. He will be sentenced after reports.