Voyeur took nude photo woman at tanning salon

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A woman who had stripped naked in a Clitheroe tanning studio looked down to see a male hand come under the partition taking photos of her on a mobile phone.

Blackburn magistrates heard Garry Robert Kay was challenged by the woman and a member of staff when he eventually came out of his booth but denied all knowledge.

And the court heard the incident had a deep and lasting affect on the victim, who still had nightmares six months later.

Garry Robert Kay (39), a butcher, of Turner Street, Clitheroe, admitted voyeurism. He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and made subject to community supervision for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to his victim and £165 towards costs and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said the woman had gone to the tanning studio in Moor Lane and rented a sun bed.

“She went into the booth and undressed until she was completely naked,” said Miss Allan. “She was about to get on the sun bed when she saw a hand emerging from the booth next door, underneath the partition. In the hand was a phone and she could see a picture was being taken.

“The woman screamed ‘Oh my God, have you just taken a picture of me you dirty bxxxxxd’ and then covered herself and asked the lady on the counter to call the police.

“When the defendant eventually came out he acted innocent as though he didn’t know what was going on,” said Miss Allan.

“He produced his mobile when she asked him to and she could see it was the same one that had been under the partition.”

Miss Allan said the victim had been disgusted by what had happened.

“That night she was physically sick at the thought of what had gone on,” said Miss Allan. “In her vivtim impact statement, she tells how she has been worried about bumping into him while she was out and about, possibly with her children, and on one occassion when she thought she saw him she had a panic attack. She has suffered nightmares and there is always a male in them chasing her.

“She has lost two dress sizes since the incident because she has been off her food,” added Miss Allan.

When he was interviewed by police, Kay said he had not looked at the images and had deleted them immediately.

Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said it was a moment of madness which had left his client deeply ashamed: “It was something he did without thinking, on impulse, and has since been able to think about the impact it has had on the victim,” said Mr Taylor.

“He has instructed me to appologise to her. He realises it was and still is very traumatic for her.”