Creepy holiday home owner, 64, avoids jail after secretly filming couple on wedding anniversary 1

Creepy holiday home owner, 64, avoids jail after secretly filming couple on wedding anniversary

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Pictured: Holiday cottage owner, 64, who avoided jail after secretly filming couple celebrating their wedding anniversary with hidden camera

  • Roy Strutt, 64, installed a USB dongle with a hidden camera at his holiday home
  • He let a couple stay at the property in seaside village of Walberswick in Suffolk 
  • But couple found hidden camera device which had filmed wife while undressed
  • Strutt, of Ongar, Essex, denied voyeurism, but was found guilty by magistrates
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A creepy holiday home owner has avoided jail after secretly filming a couple as they celebrated their wedding anniversary.

Professional photographer Roy Strutt, 64, installed a USB dongle with a hidden camera in the bedroom of his second home in Walberswick, Suffolk. 

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He later invited a couple – who his wife knew through a friend – to stay at the property to celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary.

The couple saw the dongle and unplugged it – with Strutt later telling them to plug it back in because it helped improve the Wi-Fi for the surrounding apartments.

However the couple grew suspicious and took the device. When it was inspected it was found to have recorded the woman while undressed.

Strutt later claimed he had planned to use the device for home security and it had been a ‘mistake’ to bring it into the home.

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But when police searched his computer, his internet history showed nearly 89 searches for voyeurism. 

Strutt, of Ongar, Essex, denied a charge of voyeurism, but was found guilty at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.  He avoided jail, but was ordered to pay the couple compensation.

Professional photographer Roy Strutt (pictured), 64, installed a USB dongle with a hidden camera in the bedroom of his second home in Walberswick, Suffolk

Professional photographer Roy Strutt (pictured), 64, installed a USB dongle with a hidden camera in the bedroom of his second home in Walberswick, Suffolk

According to local paper, the East Anglia Daily Times, the incident took place in November 2016.

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The couple were invited to stay at Strutt’s holiday home in Walberswick – quaint seaside village, south of Lowestoft, in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Ahead of the trip the couple were told which bedroom to use. But in there, the husband noticed a USB dongle which he unplugged.

Strutt contacted the couple asking them to plug it back in, saying it helped improve the Wi-Fi for the surrounding apartments.

They moved it to the kitchen and plugged it in there, but Strutt said the bedroom provided the best signal for the other apartments.

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On further inspection, the couple suspected the device had a hidden camera.

They decided to keep it and confront Strutt after finding a similar looking device online.

The dongle was confirmed to have a camera and an SD card, Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard.

Footage from it showed the couple in the bedroom including the wife in a state of undress.

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Strutt, who was said to help restore computers for charity, claimed he had planned to use the device for home security.

He said he hadn’t examined which device it was and it was a ‘mistake’ that he put it in the apartment.

The dongle was confirmed to have a camera and an SD card, Suffolk Magistrates' Court (pictured: Google street view) heard. Footage from it showed the couple in the bedroom including the wife in a state of undress

The dongle was confirmed to have a camera and an SD card, Suffolk Magistrates’ Court (pictured: Google street view) heard. Footage from it showed the couple in the bedroom including the wife in a state of undress

When police checked his computer, it showed nearly 89 searches for voyeurism.

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Strutt was charged with voyeurism, which he denied, but was found guilty of in his absence following a trial in magistrates’ court.

Magistrates’ heard the wife now suffers from anxiety following the incident.

In a police statement she said ‘He had no thought for anyone else but himself.’  

Strutt was ordered to pay each victim £1,250 in compensation and the court costs of £2,579. He was also ordered to sign the sex offender’s register for five years.

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Though the incident happened on November 2016 – the case took so long to come to court partially due to Strutt’s health.

He was in a serious car crash in 2020 which left him in a wheelchair. 

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