November 2017

Voyeur, 59, who spied on teenage girls is behind bars 

Police caught a 59-year-old voyeur who had been spying on two teenage girls – after the defendant called officers to report a Libyan man demanding cash from him.

Stephen Edwards called in Staffordshire Police after the Libyan hacker discovered indecent pictures and videos on his computer and demanded cash.

But police also analysed the computer and prosecuted him.

Now Stephen Edwards, who lives in North Staffordshire, has been jailed for five years and four months after admitting voyeurism and sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

His 30-year-old wife – Nikita Edwards, who also lives in North Staffordshire – has been jailed for eight months after admitting attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to get rid of incriminating evidence.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the hacker sent a video to one of the victim’s mums and threatened to call in police. The defendant had filmed two girls and also touched one of them sexually while he was naked.

Prosecutor Nigel Booth said: “Stephen recorded the two girls while they did not know about it.

“The hacker had a compilation video which included sexual activity and pictures.

“Stephen went to the police and told his wife to put incriminating items in two black bin bags in the front garden.

“Stephen then contacted one of the victims and told her to delete the pictures and conversations on her phone and told her what to say to water down allegations.”

Judge Paul Glenn has labelled Stephen as ‘devious’.

He told Stephen: “The police became involved after you went to the police station – not because you were riddled with guilt but because you had been hacked.

“You were the prime mover. You have now said sorry but first you tried to save yourself and minimise damage – you are devious.”

He told Nikita: “You panicked and acted out of loyalty to your husband. But if you had a shred of decency you would have thought of the victims and how your husband acted in a sexual way towards them.”