A plumber has been spared jail after he installed spy cameras inside two family homes and captured video of a pregnant woman in the shower.
The mum-to-be was recorded taking a shower several times by the tiny camera installed in a bathroom by Krzytof Karwat.
He was rumbled after a second family noticed a hole in the ceiling of their bathroom and discovered a camera that was intended to capture video of “intimate moments”, the court was told.
The 36-year-old was also caught with indecent images of children downloaded from the internet when police searched his home, the Bristol Post reports.
Karwat, 36, of Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, admitted two charges of voyeurism spanning from December 2014 to February last year, and possessing 23 indecent images of children downloaded from the internet.
Judge Julian Lambert told the father-of-two: “You have a very serious problem you need to work on. You need to come away from perverted images and stealing away from people their intimate moments.”
Karwat received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with up to a year’s sex offender treatment.
He was told to abide by a year’s curfew, in which he must stay at home from 8pm to 7am. The judge confiscated his mobile phone, computer and camera equipment.
He was made the subject of a ten-year sexual harm prevention order, banning him unchecked internet use and from working in properties with showers or toilets without informing police.
He was also told to register as a sex offender for ten years and given a restraining order to stay away from the family he offended against for ten years.
Karwat declined to comment as he left court.
The father whose family Karwat attempted to spy on told a reporter: “I’m just stunned really. It is probably cheaper to help them than to put them in prison. He’s not got any punishment.
“All I would do is to ask people to beware of who they employ and let into their house.”
Tara Wolfe, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court that Karwat was doing work in the family home when the parents noticed a hole bored in the bathroom ceiling.
On further investigation they discovered Karwat had placed a small circuit board and camera lens in the eave and plugged it in to an electric socket in the loft.
The family gave the plumber the next day off, police were alerted and Karwat was arrested.
Though no recordings of the family were recovered, police found Karwat’s mobile phone had apps relating to remote camera viewing, and had searched for voyeuristic material online.
Miss Wolfe said: “His computer was examined and police discovered seven videos of a woman in a shower.
“He had put a camera in the bathroom.”
Police tracked down the victim, who was pregnant when Karwat filmed her.
His computer was also found to contain 23 indecent images of children, including still photos and eight movies deemed to be in the Category A most serious level of abuse.
Both the family and woman gave statements saying how Karwat’s unwanted intrusions made them feel shocked and sickened.
Emma Martin, defending, said Karwat felt remorse for the upset he had caused.
She said he turned to online pornography when he had relationship difficulties, and had downloaded a raft of material which included child abuse material he deleted.